A woman has discovered she is pregnant just one day after her husband was killed in a tragic accident.
Jonathan Rodriguez, 23, died on Saturday (May 6) after his young son climbed into his truck and pulled a faulty gear stick, which led to him being ran over, in Santaquin, Utah in the US. The vehicle also struck Jonathan’s mother, Sonia, who was subsequently airlifted to hospital where she remains, undergoing treatment for serious injuries.
Father-of-two Jonathan was sadly pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, however, leaving wife Daisy widowed. Daisy, meanwhile, was later rushed to hospital herself 24 hour later with health complications where she learned she was expecting the pair’s third child.
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Jonathan’s sister-in-law Sara Munoz took to Facebook on Monday (May 8), where she described him as one of her ‘favourite people in the world’.
“He loved my sister tremendously,” she said. “They were each others high school sweet heart. Together they raised two young boys who loved their father. He was their role model and best friend. Jonathan loved his family and always put them first before anything else.
“Our family is grieving the loss of an amazing man. We ask that if you are able to help in any way. Even just share, we would greatly appreciate it. This fund will be for his funeral costs and for his moms medical costs.”
A GoFundMe page has since been established to raise money for the Rodriguez family to help with medical and funeral expenses.
Speaking on the page Sara continued: “My sister along with her husband and his family were fixing up their backyard, when tragedy struck. While working on the yard, a truck that was parked next to the house rolled backwards towards the yard.
“My sister’s husband Jonathan Rodriguez alongside his mother Sonia Rodriguez tried to stop the vehicle from continuing to roll down the yard that sits on a slope.
“But unfortunately their efforts caused them to be crushed by the truck. Paramedics arrived and tried to resuscitate Jonathan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“His mother Sonia was life-flighted to the hospital due to her extensive injuries and is currently awaiting multiple surgeries.
“Jonathan was 23 years young with a full life of dreams and goals ahead of him. Those that knew Jonathan know that he was a great husband and an amazing father to his two boys.
“He worked hard to provide his family the beautiful life they had. His life was drastically cut short leaving behind his wife and his kids ages three and five.
“His own family has also suffered the loss of a son and a brother while awaiting news of his mother.”
In a later update, meanwhile, Sara updated readers with the news of Daisy’s pregnancy.
“My sister was admitted to E.R. last night due to some complications,” she explained.
“After running some tests, she was told she is currently pregnant. Jonathan’s last gift to sister and they didn’t even know it.”
So far more than $16,000 of the $25,000 target has been raised.