A SPEEDING City banker ploughed into a pregnant woman’s car, killing her unborn baby.
Leroy Margolis, 29, was on the wrong side of the road when his Volvo hit Louise Abbott’s VW Polo.
He had clipped a traffic island while “suicidally” overtaking in heavy rain on an unlit 50mph road at 69mph. The impact of Louise’s seatbelt on 25-week-along Layla caused fatal head injuries. Due to her pelvic injuries, Louise could not have a caesarean and gave birth naturally the next day.
Outside Cambridge crown court, Louise, 28, who lives with husband Laurence in Braintree, Essex, said: “I was told by doctors that had I not been pregnant, I would not have survived. Layla was my guardian angel.”
Lloyds Bank associate director Margolis, of Wandsworth, South West London, was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on the A1307 last October. He was jailed for two years.
The crash left Louise with one useless ovary. But she said: “A few months after the accident, I found out I was pregnant and have given birth to a beautiful girl, Avery.”
Miss Abbott – who birthed Layla before she died – gave birth to healthy daughter Avery last month despite one of her ovaries 'had been rendered useless' in the crash.
She added: "A few months after the accident, I found out I was pregnant again with a second child and I have just given birth to a beautiful baby girl, Avery.
"I found it very difficult to come to terms with the pregnancy at first. I was so scared that another crash might take another one of my children.
"Laurence and I spent many nights crying and hoping that the anxiety would ease, which thankfully it eventually did."