PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two children continue to recover from serious injuries after the car that their mother was driving was struck by a vehicle in a high-speed police pursuit on Route 51.
“It’s a miracle that they are alive,” said Cindy West, of North Versailles.
It was late Monday night when the car her daughter was driving was struck by a speeding, stolen vehicle being chased by Stowe Township Police.
West’s daughter, Heather Bach, had two of her children in the car with her at the time. They were going to the airport to pick up a foreign exchange student from China.
West told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “If it had been another foot or two my daughter and the children would have all been killed by the car that hit them. He was going superfast.”
Police said the car, reported stolen from Dormont last week and being operated by 19-year-old Raymon Brown was going nearly 100 miles an hour when it slammed into Bach’s Toyota at a Route 51 intersection.
Brown was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
According to a criminal complaint, he told a nurse there, “I smoked weed and took ‘percs’ before the crash.”
West says her granddaughter, 11-year-old Amelia was most seriously hurt. She’s now in critical condition after major surgery.
She was riding in the front seat of the car with her mother.
West’s grandson, Noah, “is stable with somewhat serious injuries, but not as bad as his sister.”
Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page for the Bach family, to raise money to help pay for their medical expenses.
If you would like to help them, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/bachrecovery