Dad heard crash that killed pregnant daughter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A young mom who along with her unborn son was killed after her car stalled on the highway was on the phone with her dad, asking for help, when he heard the crash, her family said.

The crash killed 21-year-old Valery Arreola, who was eight months pregnant, and critically injured her 3-year-old son.

She was taking her young sons to meet her family for a day of sledding when she pulled onto northbound US-131 from Franklin Street about 2 p.m. Sunday, her family said. That is where her 1999 Nissan Altima stalled. Her sister, Nohemi Arreola, said Valery Arreola pulled to the shoulder.

“She calls my dad and says, ‘Hey, my car just stopped. What do I do?'” Nohemi Arreola said. “And he said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re on our way, we’ll come and get you.’

“And as they’re on the phone, my dad says he hears the loud crash, and then nothing.”

Michigan State Police say a pickup truck slammed into the back of Arreola’s car.

She died at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

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