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Baby Girl Born on Central Expressway

May 20, 1985

DALLAS (AP) _ David and Debbie Pinson were actually glad to see the minor eight-car pileup on Central Expressway.

It guaranteed there were some policemen there to help deliver the Pinsons’ baby, who insisted on being born Sunday before her parents could get to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

With the help of two paramedics and two policemen, 7-pound, 2-ounce Shanda Renae was delivered in the front seat of her parents’ car. Mother and baby were doing fine.

Pinsons said he was at work when his wife called from their home in Mesquite and told him she had gone into labor.

By the time they headed for the hospital, time was running out.

″I was going about 80 and I kept thinking this is the one time I’m speeding and I want to get stopped by a cop,″ Pinson said.

As they were headed northbound on Central, the Pinsons spotted a cluster of police cars clearing up a traffic accident on the southbound side.

Pinson wheeled to a stop, ran over to the police and asked for their help.

″It’s a terrifying experience to look around and know you’re it,″ said Officer T.R. Overstreet. ″We knew we had to do whatever we had to do.″

Paramedics Eddie Trevino and David Vollrath wound up delivering the baby but Overstreet and his partner, Dan Robinson, had everything ready.

Trevino said Mrs. Pinson seemed a little reluctant at first.

″The baby started pushing out and she was trying to hold it in. I said, ‘Don’t hold it, just let ‘er go,’ ″ Trevino said.

″I grabbed the gloves and the blanket and there she was.″

As Mrs. Pinson and daughter rested in the hospital later Sunday, the father described his daughter as ″pretty and pink. She looks good.″

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