On Thursday, authorities confirmed that a pregnant woman and her unborn child had been killed by the driver of a stolen car, who had then fled the scene.
At 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a deadly collision happened on Blossom Hill Road near Winfield Boulevard, close to the Westfield Oakridge shopping center. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner has identified the driver as 21-year-old San Jose resident April Zoglauer, who was headed east on Blossom Hill Road in a black Nissan sedan from 2008. According to the San Jose Police Department, a white 2013 Hyundai was stolen and driven south, colliding with Zoglauer’s vehicle.
Zoglauer was taken to a nearby hospital, but she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
She was a preschool instructor and eight months pregnant. An emergency C-section was performed on Tuesday night, and while the initial report from the department stated that the baby had survived and was in critical condition, an update on Thursday revealed that the baby had died.
At 27 weeks pregnant, Zoglauer’s due date was January 25.
The little boy, named Devontae Aaron Zoglauer, lived for 24 hours after the accident, but he passed away on Wednesday night.
At 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Zoglauer drove east on Blossom Hill Road, close to Winfield Boulevard and the Westfield Oakridge retail center. The other motorist was allegedly traveling south in the stolen car when he T-boned Zoglauer’s car and then fled the scene.
The San Jose Police Department reported that two “unknown males” were believed to be inside the vehicle.
Zoglauer had a stellar reputation as an educator at San Jose’s Play’N’Learn Preschool. She had been volunteering at the preschool for years before she was hired to work there.
Friends of Zoglauer said she had been talking enthusiastically about her plans for the future as she left work on Tuesday evening, only hours before the crash.
She joked that she would spend her free time on the beach in Hawaii, preparing to travel with a disabled woman whom she often cared for at night.
Angie Loza, director of Zoglauer’s preschool, said the pregnancy news overjoyed the staff because Zoglauer had attended the facility since she was a young child.