Update: Woman killed when struck by vehicle racing to hospital

A woman driving frantically to the hospital with an unresponsive infant collided with another vehicle on U.S. 190 East on Wednesday afternoon, killing its driver.

A Eunice City Marshal vehicle was attempting to get close enough to the woman's vehicle speeding with its flashers on but could not before it struck the other car.

Heather Williamson, 26, of Eunice was rushing her one-year-old daughter to Acadian Medical Center when she hit a car driven by Verde Y. Schambaugh, 80, of Eunice at the St. Mary Road intersection. Schambaugh died at the scene.

Investigating officers said Williamson attempted to avoid Schambaugh’s car as it pulled into the intersection adjacent to Perry Pitre Ford, but could not.

As the pursuing Marshal drove up, Williamson handed him the infant and told him the little girl had stopped breathing, which is why she was driving helter-skelter toward Acadian Medical Center.

The marshal flagged down an approaching St. Landry Parish deputy and they took the baby to AMC.

The infant and eight-year-old Cade Williamson were subsequently transported to the Tulane Pediatric ICU in New Orleans, where the infant's condition was reported guarded early Thursday.

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