An eight-months pregnant mom, Shannon MacLeod, 35, of Tacoma, Washington was killed as she and her children were leaving for home on Monday after a trip to Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom. The incident occurred when her son, 6, accidentally ran her over after he shifted gears in the family’s minivan. The mom was loading things into the rear of the minivan when it began to roll backward, pinning her underneath it. Firefighters had to use equipment to lift the minivan off of MacLeod, who died while on the way to a hospital.
KIRO interviewed one of the Washington mom’s sons, Nathan McLeod, 20, and his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Verplank, as they sat next to each other grieving. Nathan said that “One of the kids was in the car,” and he described the other kids as “playing around,” when the car was knocked into neutral by one of the kids.
According to My Fox Boston (Boston 25 News), he added that his mom had tried “to stop the car.” There was not anyone else injured by the minivan getting accidentally knocked into neutral.
The News Tribune reported that Shannon McLeod “had at least five children.” About 4:15 p.m., paramedics were called to the scene of the accident at “the 2500 block of Chambers Creek Road in Steilacoom.”
At the hospital, doctors performed an emergency C-section and were able to save the baby’s life. However, his family has stated that the baby, named Joseph Jr., was harmed when his mother was backed into and killed. The family said that the baby did not register very “much brain activity.”
Verplank, who was Shannon MacLeod’s boyfriend for 18 years talked about the grief he felt at losing his “significant other.” He added that, to make it even worse, he had also lost “a child.”
Just last December 2016, a fire destroyed the MacLeod family’s house. Since that time, most of them have been living in the Tacoma, Washington area at a motel. Nathan McLeod set up a GoFundMe page to assist the family in paying for “medical and funeral expenses.”
Paul Loveless, the town administrator of Steilacoom, Washington, where the accident occurred said “that the investigation is ongoing.” The investigation is being assisted by detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
Shannon McLeod, the eight-month pregnant mother of at least five children in Washington, was killed on Monday when a six-year-old son of hers accidentally shifted the gears in the family’s minivan into neutral while she was standing behind the vehicle, loading it with items after a family outing. The minivan rolled backward, pinning her underneath it. She died, but doctors were able to save her baby son, by performing an emergency C-section. The baby is not doing very well, though, and is showing minimal brain activity. Nobody else was injured in the accident.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy GoFundMe