Baby Survives After Man Charged With Fatally Hitting Pregnant Woman With Car on Christmas Eve

PHOTO: Silvestre Garcia is seen here in this mug shot. Chicago Police Department
Silvestre Garcia is seen here in this mug shot.

A 22-year-old Chicago man was charged with aggravated DUI in connection with the deadly hit-and-run of a pregnant woman on Christmas Eve, police said -- a crash her baby survived.

Silvestre Garcia is suspected of striking the woman at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Dec. 24 while she crossed Ogden Avenue, the Chicago Police Department said.

The woman was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital in critical condition and delivered a premature baby, police said.

The baby was listed in stable condition, according to police.

The woman, identified as 26-year-old Karla Leanos by the Cook County Coronor's Office, died around 10:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Police have not publicly released the woman's name.

Garcia was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI/accident/death; one felony count of leaving the scene of accident-injury/death; two misdemeanor counts of DUI; as well as two citations, police said Sunday.

Garcia appeared in court Sunday and his bond was set at $750,000. He was assigned a public defender, the courts said. The public defender's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.