Courtney Pandolfi was booked Wednesday on suspicion of murder, DUI causing bodily injury and driving on a suspended license. She is being held on $1 million bail. Yesenia Aguilar was 35 weeks pregnant.
Police say Pandolfi was driving under the influence in a Tuesday night crash at Katella Avenue and Bayless Street that killed 23-year-old Yesenia Aguilar of Anaheim. Aguilar was pregnant, and her daughter was delivered via emergency C-section immediately after the crash. The baby remains in critical condition at UCI Medical Center.
The couple were on Katella Avenue getting some exercise. Curtains for the baby’s room was the last thing Alvarez remembers talking about before he heard a car screech and then screams.
“I constantly see it playing out in my head and it’s killing me,” said Alvarez. “It’s killing me because I always look back what could I have done to save her life.”
She had worked at Disneyland and was 35 weeks pregnant.
Doctors were able to save his baby girl. She is stable but the next 72 hours are critical, Alvarez says, to determine whether she has brain damage from the devastating crash.
Now that he is alone, James said he will do his best to be both father and mother to his little girl, Adalyn Rose.
“She’s the last thing I have from her..you know the last thing I have,” he said.
A Gofundme was set up for Aguilar’s family to raise money for both her funeral expenses and the baby’s medical costs.