Pregnant Woman Killed in Pool Cabana Crash Identified

Massachusetts woman killed by out-of-control car in Fort Lauderdale

By Brian Hamacher and Ari Odzer
|  Monday, Mar 19, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 PM EDT
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Police have identified the pregnant woman who was killed when a car veered off a road and into a hotel pool cabana at a Fort Lauderdale hotel Sunday. Alanna Demella, 26, from Medford, Mass., was inside the cabana at the Riverside Hotel on East Las Olas Boulevard with her husband, 31-year-old Michael Demella when she was struck around 1:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Police said.

Police have identified the pregnant woman who was killed when a car veered off a road and into a hotel pool cabana at a Fort Lauderdale hotel Sunday. Alanna Demella, 26, from Medford, Mass., was inside the cabana at the Riverside Hotel on East Las Olas Boulevard with her husband, 31-year-old Michael Demella when she was struck around 1:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Police said.

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Police have identified the pregnant woman who was killed when a car veered off a road and into a hotel pool cabana at a Fort Lauderdale hotel Sunday.

Alanna Demella, 26, from Medford, Mass., was inside the cabana at the Riverside Hotel on East Las Olas Boulevard with her husband, 31-year-old Michael Demella when she was struck around 1:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Police said.

They had each gone to the restroom when the car hit the building.

Police say 34-year-old Rosa Rivera Kim, from Plantation, was driving westbound on Southeast 4th Street when she lost control of her car, drove over a curb and sidewalk and plowed into the cabana.

Alanna Demella was seven month pregnant. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and Michael Demella was taken to Broward General Medical Center for minor injuries and later released.

Kim was also taken to Broward General Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and was in stable condition Monday, police said.

The crash is under investigation and police are still determining whether charges will be filed.

A man, who did not want to be identified, said he was talking to the couple before the incident. They had been laughing, joking and having a good time.

"I can't begin to imagine what is going through this guy's mind right now. He loses his wife and his unborn child. This is an absolute tragedy," said Travis Mandell, Fort Lauderdale police spokesman.

He said authorities are still investigating what happened.

"We at the Riverside Hotel, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families involved. We are terribly saddened by this tragic event that occurred on Sunday," said hotel general manager Heiko Dobrikow.

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