September 8th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Amish accident victim gives birth, dies

An Amish woman in Geauga County, Ohio, died Sunday, four days after she gave birth following a collision between her horse-drawn buggy and an SUV.

Barbara Kauffman, 31, was riding in rural Parkman Township, 50 miles east of Cleveland, with her husband and six children on September 1 when the buggy was struck from behind by an SUV, according to CNN affiliate WJW.

Kauffman was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Cleveland, where she delivered the baby that night. She remained in critical condition for several days before dying on Sunday, WJW reported. The baby is in fair condition.

Two of Kauffman's other children, an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old, are in fair condition, according to CNN affiliate WEWS.

The SUV driver, Julie M. Pirtz, 31, was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence, and may face additional charges related to Kauffman's death, prosecutors told WJW.

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  1. Name*Scott

    If those inbred amish would drive car like normal people maybe this wouldn't of happened!!!!! Having your childern in that death trap that they call a buggy, going 5 mph with cars is child abuse!!!! That father should have his childern taken away before more of them get killed!!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. me

    @ Scott....your an A!* inbreed un-believibly stupid moron!

    September 9, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Dear me I live in Amish country, so I know what a sloped head inbred Amish is, this is a fact you moron!!! They regularly breed within their family, thus the odd sloping forehead!!! And I often have to dodge a Amish buggy weaving all over the road being driven by a drunk Amish!!!!! My dog was hit and killed by a buggy driven by a drunk! So please check your facts before you name call!!!!!!

      September 9, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Donald

    My heart goes out to this family for their lost.This lady should be in jail Now without bail.Drunk B!

    September 9, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carey

    She will be charged with OVI (drugs). This poor family. I just knew when I heard about the call that night that she wasn't going to survive, sad stuff. Please everyone be more careful while driving through amish country.

    September 11, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. GERRIE

    Scott is a racist. I don't care if they were riding in a buggy. They have such as much rights to be be on the road as a someone riding a bike. Scott you should have had your dog on a leech. Stop being a hater

    September 13, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
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