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Pregnant Woman Killed by Snow Plow Clearing Brooklyn Lot

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A trip to the grocery store at the height of Thursday’s snowstorm turned tragic for one family.

Police say 36-year-old Min Lin of Brooklyn, who was nine months pregnant, was killed by a privately operated snow plow in Borough Park.

The incident occurred at around 10:40 a.m. inside a privately owned parking lot located at 6301 8th Avenue in Borough Park.

Lin was loading groceries into her car with her husband, when police say she stepped back and was struck by the bobcat as it was backing up.

Police say Lin sustained severe injuries to her body. She was rushed to Maimonides medical center, but she didn't make it. Doctors were able to deliver her six-pound, six-ounce baby boy.

NY1 is told the baby boy was delivered via emergency C-section and remains in critical condition.

Investigators say a 42-year-old man who was operating the Bobcat plow remained at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.

Lin lived nearby in Borough Park. Neighbors expressed sadness at the news.

“That's very sad,” said nearby resident Tommy Miang.

Miang, who lives across from the grocery store, says he doesn't feel safe when plows clear the busy lot during bad conditions.

“The snow is white, it is easy to miss something,” Miang said.

"She very polite, a very police person, you know. I knew her as a neighbor. She'd come out with her family and her friends, always said hello," said another neighbor.

"It’s very depressing and sad, Very sad, especially that she's leaving a kid behind," said a third neighbor.

Neighbors say Lin also leave behind another young child.

It's not the first time this season someone has lost their life to a snow plow.

Earlier this month in Brighton Beach, a 73-year-old man was also struck and killed by a private backhoe that was plowing snow.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an image of a woman who NY1 believed to be the victim of the incident. That image was not, in fact, of the woman who died in the incident. We regret the error and have since removed the image from all versions of the story.

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