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Pregnant Cedar Rapids woman injured in crash speaks out

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A man who is not supposed to drive -- ever -- crashes into a truck, injuring a pregnant woman and her son.

The crash happened Tuesday in Cedar Rapids at the intersection of 1st Ave and 1st St West.

While Melissa Thomas is in a lot of pain, she's actually grateful. She and her unborn child are OK.

So is her 18-month-old son, but this was a terrifying experience.

"Seeing my son like that, he was screaming and scared," said Thomas. "He wasn't hurt but I didn't know that. And that was the most heart-wrenching moment ever in my life."

Melissa Thomas was on her way home from Bible study and had just picked up her son when a vehicle crashed into them, hitting a school bus, too.

"I really am grateful because I see the damage that was done to my truck and my truck has a great, study frame," said Thomas. "And when you see what happened to his truck -- there's nothing left of it. If he had hit that bus, it probably could have been the same."

The Linn County Sheriff says it all started as a chase.

Deputies recognized James Surrett. He is barred from driving and was behind the wheel of a vehicle.

They chased him down two highways until he got onto city streets -- that's when deputies stopped chasing him.

"He literally out-drove all of our cars, and we were no longer going to keep up with him," said Brian Gardner, Linn County Sheriff. "We intentionally did not keep up with him because he was driving in such a reckless and aggressive manner."

Deputies and police officers were keeping a close eye out for him because he was driving so recklessly.

Everyone is just glad that this crash wasn't any worse.

"I definitely feel God's hands were right there," said Thomas. "He definitely had that whole situation under control."

Thomas says she's also thankful that her car battery had died. That's why she was driving a larger pick-up instead.

She thinks the truck helped protect her, her son, and the baby girl set to be born later this year.
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