Pregnant Massachusetts Woman Killed in Fort Lauderdale Vacation Accident

Somehow, vacation accidents strike an even more painful chord in our hearts than other types of accidents. A vacation is a time to escape from the stresses of daily life and relax. For some, vacation means snow-covered mountains, skiing, and snowboarding. For many others, vacation means sunshine, pools, tropical cruises, boating and family. Regardless of the case, the term “vacation accidents” may appear a tragic oxymoron to some.

In an incredibly tragic and unusual accident, a pregnant woman from Medford and her unborn child were killed yesterday in Florida when a driver lost control of her car and crashed into a cabana. The 34-year-old female driver, Rosa Rivera Kim, crashed into the 2-story hotel cabana in which the 26-year-old Medford resident Alanna DeMella and her husband had been staying in during their vacation. DeMella was 7 months pregnant with her son at the time. According to reports, Ms. DeMella was a third grade teaching assistant in Arlington and the school is preparing to deal with the crisis.

This case is distinct from the standard run-of-the-mill car accident case in several major ways: (1) the driver had an unborn child who was also killed; (2) the manner in which the accident occurred-crashing through a cabana-is incredibly unusual and somewhat bizarre; and (3) the couple was on vacation out-of-state. How this combination of factors could influence the location and outcome of a potential wrongful death lawsuit have not been determined.

Our sympathies are with the DeMella family and DeMella’s students.

Pregnant Mass. Woman Killed During Fla. Vacation, March 18, 2012,
Alanna DeMella and Unborn Child Killed When Car Crashes into Pool Cabana, March 18, 2012,

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