Family Packs Up The Car After A Fun Day At The Beach. Suddenly, The Van Starts Rolling Backwards Without Mom Inside
Read on to find out what happened to this pregnant mother of five after their family van started rolling backwards without anyone in the driver's seat.
A 35-year-old pregnant mother of five tragically lost her life to a terrible accident at the hands of one of her own children. Shannon MacLeod was 8 months pregnant and about to become a grandmother, but unfortunately will never get to meet her grandchild or baby.
While investigators are still looking into the incident, many of the details from the freak accident are clear. Shannon was loading up her van to head home from the beach, when suddenly the car began to roll backwards, pinning her underneath. Somehow, her 6-year-old son had accidentally put the van in gear, causing it to roll and crush Shannon. They were in the Sunnyside Beach parking lot when the incident occurred.
“One of the kids was in the car or something like that, and the kids were playing around, and one of the kids knocked the car into neutral. Mom was trying to stop the car.” Shannon’s son Nathan recalled.
Emergency responders came to scene and tried to lift the vehicle off the pregnant mother. Unfortunately, she died on the way to the hospital. At the hospital, however, doctors were able to perform an emergency c-section and deliver Shannon’s baby, who was then transported to Seattle Children’s Hospital for care.
“Her baby is alive and in the hospital,” Nathan wrote on the Gofundme page created for the family. “We need all the help and support we can get.” He set up the page in hopes to raise money to support his siblings and honor his loving mother.
“I am raising money to not only help support my siblings. But to help with my moms funeral cost.” Nathan wrote. “My mom loved her kids more then anything. Shannon Nichole Macleod was the best thing to ever happen in my life. She gave birth to me at the young age of 15. All she cared about was her kids. Did everything to take care of them no matter what. Her baby is alive and in the hospital we need all the help and support we can get. Please help if you can I don't ask for a lot but please.”
While the baby, Joseph Jr., was taken to the hospital for care, the outlook is not currently good. According the the family, the infant isn’t showing much brain activity.
Joseph Verplank, Shannon’s boyfriend of 18 years, was obviously devastated by the loss of his partner. “I mean it’s bad enough I lost my significant other. But then to lose a child…”
The family has already been through a lot; their home caught fire in December and they practically lost everything. Now they are living in a Motel in Tacoma and trying to get back on their feet.
So far, they have almost met their $10,000 goal for the Gofundme campaign, raising $9,025.
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