A newborn baby delivered after a traffic accident that killed his mother was improving at the hospital Saturday.
The condition of Sean Michael Justin Sanz was upgraded Friday from critical to guarded at St. Barnabas Hospital.
He weighed just 3 pounds, six ounces when he was born.
His mother, 33-year-old traffic officer Donnette Sanz, was crossing the street on her lunch break Thursday, when she was hit by a van at East 188th Street and Webster Avenue in Fordham. The impact sent Sanz into the path of a school bus, which ran over her.
A group of people lifted the bus off her and she was brought to the hospital where a cesarean section was performed to save the baby.
Sanz, pictured above, died hours later.
Doctors say time was key to saving the baby's life.
"The people in the field got this woman out from under the bus and got her here quickly, the hospital responded quickly, the trauma surgeons were here, the administrators were here, the nurses and everyone that needed to be involved here, were here quickly," said Dr. Mark Rosing of St. Barnabas Hospital.
The van’s driver, 72-year-old Walter Walker of Manhattan, is charged with criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license.
Prosecutors say Walker admitted his van was not safe to drive.