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Roommate: Snowplow victim was nervous about storm

Updated Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 11:57 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — A pregnant woman whose baby was delivered by emergency surgery after she was fatally struck by a mini-snowplow in New York City had been nervous about going out into the storm, her roommate said.

Min Lin considered staying home before she decided to go out in Thursday's storm with her husband because she had an obstetrician's appointment, roommate Song Qing Huang told the New York Daily News.

Lin, 36, died at a hospital after she was struck while loading groceries into the truck of the family car. Her nearly full term, 6-pound, 6-ounce baby was delivered by cesarean section and transported to the neonatal intensive care unit. Officials at Maimonides Medical Center did not return calls on the child's condition Friday.

Police said the utility vehicle that struck Lin was clearing snow from the rear parking lot of the Fei Long Shopping Center in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood. The driver was not charged.

Huang said Lin and her husband also had a young son.

"They are a very happy family," Huang told The New York Times in Mandarin. "The son is so smart, the husband works so hard and he's always so busy."

Huang said her husband and Lin's husband both worked for Chinese restaurants in New Jersey and came home about once a week.

Earlier this month, a privately owned vehicle that was plowing snow in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighborhood struck and killed a 73-year-old man who was crossing mid-block as it backed up.