Coroner: Aurora tot died from medical complications, not crash
By Matt Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org December 27, 2011 1:35PM
Updated: January 29, 2012 8:11AM
AURORA — A 3-year-old Aurora girl died from medical complications after her mother crashed their car while rushing the girl to the hospital for treatment of an asthma attack, police said Tuesday.
The girl’s death was not from injuries suffered in the crash Monday afternoon on the city’s far East Side, police said.
Kayla Bell, of the 1500 block of Victoria Park Circle, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, police said.
According to police, Kayla’s mother — Carla Bell, 30 — was driving the girl to the hospital because she was suffering an asthma attack and was having trouble breathing. Police said Carla Bell was southbound on Waterford Drive in her Subaru Outback, when she tried to pass a Jeep near where the road curves at Fox Pointe Drive.
Police said Bell apparently drove into the northbound lanes in her attempt to pass the Jeep, then saw a car heading toward her. Bell then swerved back into the southbound lanes, but sideswiped the Jeep, police said. Bell lost control of her car, left the road and hit a fence.
An Aurora police officer who was in the area on a traffic stop heard the crash and immediately responded to the scene, police said. When the officer arrived, Bell told him that her daughter — who was not in a car seat — was not breathing, police said. The girl had no obvious signs of major injuries from the crash, police said.
The officer pulled Kayla from the car and gave her CPR until paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital, police said.
An autopsy conducted Tuesday at the Kane County coroner’s office determined the girl died due to medical conditions that were not related to the crash. There were no signs of foul play, police said.
Bell was treated for head injuries at Rush-Copley. Neither the 36-year-old Aurora man who was driving the Jeep nor his passenger were injured. There were no other passengers in Bell’s Subaru, police said.
No tickets had been issued Tuesday, while police continued to investigate the crash.