Officials: Pregnant woman killed in accident on Major Deegan Expressway

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police are investigating after a pregnant woman was killed and a teenage girl critically injured in an accident on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx Saturday morning.

Officials say Jennifer Parisella, 30, of Middletown was driving a van. Her 28-year-old brother as well as a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy were all passengers in the car.

All was going smoothly, but then the van slammed into the back of a tractor trailer on the southbound side near Exit 1.

Parisella's family says she was five months pregnant, and was excited to soon become a mom.

Parisella was pronounced dead. The passengers were all taken to area hospitals with various injuries. They are expected to be okay.

The 42-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer remained on the scene. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Parisella, who worked on a farm, was on her way to the city to distribute produce.

There have been no arrests.

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