Passenger loses baby, driver may face charge

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 09:48 20/03/2014
Monique Grant and Neil Irwin
Monique Grant, also known as Monique Auckram, and Neil Irwin.

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A young woman badly injured in a car crash near Waipukurau has lost her unborn baby.

Monique Grant, 19, was due to give birth to a son in two weeks. The unborn baby died on Tuesday night, and Ms Grant was in a serious condition in hospital yesterday after Tuesday's crash.

Her partner's brother, Michael Irwin, 33, who was driving the car, could now face charges relating to the death of his unborn nephew.

He and brother Neil Irwin, 30, were also in Hawke's Bay Hospital yesterday, in stable conditions.

The Holden Commodore HSV crashed on a sharp bend 20 kilometres southeast of Waipukurau on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Irwin managed to get out of the car and pull his brother and Ms Grant out before it caught fire.

Ms Grant, who also uses the surname Auckram, was flown to hospital in the Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter with chest and pelvic injuries.

She and Neil Irwin shared a scan of their unborn son on Facebook.

In a statement, their families thanked emergency services who attended the crash, as well as hospital staff, and said they were grateful for the support shown from family and friends at this "very difficult time".

Sergeant Ross Gilbert, of Waipukurau, said all three people in the car were wearing seatbelts.

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