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    Pregnant woman dies after car lands on her

    The driver and seven passers-by lift the car off the Brooksville woman after it careened off the road, trapping her.


    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published August 19, 2001

    SPRING HILL -- A pregnant woman was killed Saturday after the car in which she was riding spun out of control on a curve, flipped over, and hit two fences and a tree, authorities said.

    The woman was thrown from the car, and her legs were trapped beneath it. Passing motorists tried to rescue her by lifting the car off her legs.

    But Jill Baum, 20, of 16171 Narrow St., Brooksville, was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital, along with the fetus.

    The accident occurred about 1:40 p.m. near Spring Hill on California Street just north of Blair Avenue.

    Baum's boyfriend, 20-year-old Craig Allen Corbett, was driving a green 1997 Hyundai north on California when he lost control on a curve and went off the side of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    At one point, the Hyundai crossed the road's center line and headed into oncoming traffic, said Jason Daoust, 16, of Floral City, who was a passenger in a Chevrolet Cavalier station wagon driving in the opposite direction.

    The car nearly hit the station wagon after rounding a bend on California Street, he said.

    "All you seen was this green car coming over," Daoust said.

    After nearly hitting the station wagon, Corbett swerved hard back to his side of the road, hit a dip off the shoulder and catapulted back across California Street to the southbound side of the road. The car hit an embankment, flipped over, smashed into a tree and whirled around before landing on its hood, Daoust said.

    Baum, thrown from the car, was lying on her side unconscious, her legs trapped under the car's bumper, when Daoust, his cousin and friends ran to the crash site.

    Daoust said Corbett, who had only minor scratches, was trying to help her. Daoust said Corbett told him Baum was eight months pregnant.

    Daoust, his companions and other passing motorists -- eight in all -- surrounded the car. "Me and a bunch of other people flipped the car off her," he said. The car came to rest on its wheels, and Baum was flown to Tampa General.

    Corbett remained on the scene with FHP investigators, who ordered a reporter off the site.

    - Staff writer Mike Brassfield contributed to this report.

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