Colorado man dies in crash driving pregnant wife to hospital

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A man died in a car crash in Colorado last week while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth to their third child.

Tony Schmucker is believed to have suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel of his black Nissan Pathfinder, the Coloradoan reported Sunday. The vehicle careened of the road and down and embankment around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday near Fort Collins.

Jill Schmucker was knocked unconscious and broke her back in the crash. She gave birth to a boy at the hospital after undergoing an emergency C-section, the paper reported. She is expected to recover.

The couple’s two children were also in the vehicle and survived the crash.

The oldest, Ryder, called 911 after the crash, Tony Schmucker’s brother wrote on a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the family.

“Tony would be so proud of Ryder as he was able to call 911 with both of his parents unconscious in the front of the car,” Aaron Schmucker wrote. “I truly believe without his actions Jill and Leedan would not be here today.”

The family was freed from the SUV by rescuers from Poudre Fire Authority, the paper said.