Pregnant Rice professor struck, killed near Med Center; baby in critical condition

Pregnant Rice professor struck, killed near Med Center; baby in critical condition

Credit: Rice University

Jennifer Young

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by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 5:22 PM

HOUSTON – Police were investigating a fatal accident that killed a pregnant Rice University professor and left her baby in critical condition Tuesday.

It happened in the 6300 block of Main Street, near the Texas Medical Center, around 9:20 a.m.

Police said Jennifer Young, 30, was trying to cross the street at Main and Cambridge when she was struck by an Acura MDX.

Police said the MDX, which had the green light, was headed south on Main when the vehicle next to it stopped, presumably to let Young pass. The MDX did not stop and struck the woman.

Young, who was seven months pregnant, was rushed to Memorial Hermann, where doctors delivered her child in an emergency C-section.

Young was later pronounced dead.

Police said the driver of the MDX was questioned and released at the scene, but the investigation was ongoing Wednesday.

Young was the Pfeiffer-VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education) Postdoctoral Instructor of Computational and Applied Mathematics.  

“Jennifer was a true collaborator and a key partner in establishing a working collaboration with scientists at the Texas Medical Center,” said Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair and Professor Matthias Heinkenschloss via email.

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