A Georgia mother and her three children were traveling through Illinois Friday night, when they decided to make a stop at this busy gas station in Ina.
At approximately 6:45 p.m., an Ina officer responded to Love’s for a report of a seven-week-old baby not breathing.
The Ina officer was the first to arrive on scene and began performing CPR on the infant on top of the gas station counter for 25-30 minutes until EMS could arrive on scene.
The baby was loaded into a Litton ambulance and driven with police escort to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Then, the situation escalated right in front of the hospital.
However, when the officer pulled into the 4-way intersection to block traffic for the ambulance to go through, the ambulance collided with the back of the squad car.
Despite the crash, reports indicate the ambulance kept going and was able to get the baby to the hospital. Police and ambulance reports agree that the accident was unfortunate, but no one was to blame.
Sadly, the baby was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital. According to Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Jo Marks, autopsy results show the baby died of natural causes.