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Baby born after being orphaned in crash

Jacob Gadd is born at an Orlando hospital soon after a truck collides with his parents' car.

Jacob Gadd was an orphan at birth.

The 8-pound, 11-ounce boy was delivered early Sunday, just minutes after a truck ran a red light and smashed into a compact car.

Paramedics transported the baby's mother, Devyn Lynn Farina, 25, to a hospital but she died in the ambulance. Jacob was born at the hospital by Caesarean section. The baby's father, Bryan Gadd, 35, died at the scene.

Jacob had been scheduled to be born Monday.

"It's mindboggling. They were a very nice couple, real personable and friendly," Harriet Cummins, a former neighbor, said Monday. "They were very, very happy about the baby coming and planned to get married."

The driver of the pickup truck, Robert Justin Palmer, 27, of Altamonte Springs, was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and could face 15 years in prison for each count if convicted, said Lt. Chuck Williams, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Palmer, a self-employed fence subcontractor, was found with cannabis and a white tablet in his pocket and truck and his physical abilities were "very impaired," according to the charging affidavit. Witnesses said he had been driving recklessly for 15 minutes before the crash.

Neither Palmer, who bonded out of jail on $10,000, nor a passenger were injured.

Jacob was in critical but stable condition Monday at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women, said Joe Brown, a spokesman. He was to be evaluated late Monday for any signs of neurological damage but suffered no visible trauma.

Both sets of Jacob's grandparents were at the hospital Monday, but declined to talk with reporters.

"It's been a devastating situation for the entire family," Brown said. "There's a lot of concern for the baby and that's what they're focusing on right now."

Gadd moved to Florida from Elizabethtown, Ky., about three years ago so his mother, Jean, could take a job as a manager at a nearby Wal-Mart, said Clyde Burner, a former neighbor.

He made a living laying carpet and tiles and had dated Farina more than a year. They recently moved into a new home together, Cummins said.

"When she came along, she turned his life around . . . I could see the change," she said. "He got a new haircut and a new job."