Friends held a vigil for a pregnant mother who died in a south Wichita crash.
Trevadawn Pauley was riding in a vehicle that was struck in a head-on crash near Meridian and Esthner just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. She was 7 months pregnant. Doctors managed to save her unborn baby before Pauley died from injuries sustained in the accident.
A memorial now sits at the scene of the accident to remember Pauley and five other people who were hurt in the crash. Some of the victims remain hospitalized.
Friends tell Eyewitness News Pauley would have been a good mom, and was looking forward to having a baby.
"She was so excited to be a mom, this was her dream," said friend Randee Nadell, who has spent hours at the hospital with Pauley's newborn baby girl. "She wanted to meet that baby more than anything."
Now, the baby girl named Aniyiah Grace is fighting for her life at Wesley Medical Center.
"She's doing everything she can to survive," said Nadell. "That girl's going to make it. There's no doubt in my mind at all. She is fighting with all her little might. She is a fierce one."
Nadell has set up a vigil to remember her friend and to pray for Aniyiah on Friday at 6 p.m. at the corner of Meridian and Esthner. She says they are in need of of flowers and candles for the gathering. In the Facebook event, it says the time will also be use to support "Don't text and drive awareness." Nadell said they are also in need of signs to promote that message.
"The world lost an innocent, beautiful woman today and it could have been prevented," Nadell said. "It's just that simple, it could have been precented."
Wichita Police are still investigating the cause and would not confirm whether texting and driving was a factor.
Nadell said the family is also in great need of donations to help pay for funeral and medical costs. She set up this memorial account. A family member of Pauley has also set up a memorial fund, to donate Click here.