ST. PETERSBURG — Baby Emmi, the week-old daughter of a car accident survivor who gave birth days after regaining consciousness, went home from the hospital with her father Thursday afternoon.
"The baby is doing great," said Angel Quiles, 35, the infant's father. "She is my little chunky butt."
Angel Noemi Quiles — Emmi for short — was born Oct. 29, one month premature and about two weeks after her mother, Jenny Noemi Quiles, 36, was struck by a tow truck while walking across First Avenue N near Williams Park. At the time, she was on her way to a doctor's appointment for the baby. Just before the impact, she reportedly turned her body to shield her womb.
Jenny Quiles suffered a traumatic brain injury and remains in the hospital at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, her husband said. She is doing better, Angel Quiles said, but is far from a full recovery. Jenny Quiles is not yet speaking, but reacts to his voice, he said. She began rehabilitation Thursday, during which Quiles said doctors will work on her speech, memory and motor skills, such as walking.
Angel Quiles said he is looking forward to having "daddy and baby time" at home with Emmi.
According to St. Petersburg police, Shaun Carlton Downing, 27, of St. Petersburg was turning left onto First Avenue N on a yellow light when the Oct. 15 collision occurred. The right front corner of his 2011 Dodge tow truck, owned by A-1 Towing, struck Quiles and threw her to the pavement.
Police spokesman Mike Puetz said Thursday that Downing has been issued a traffic citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian, a civil infraction that will require Downing to pay a fine. The amount will be determined by a judge at a mandatory court arraignment scheduled for Nov. 18.
Puetz said investigators determined there was nothing criminal about his actions.
Downing was involved in another accident involving a pedestrian while driving an A-1 Towing truck in December 2013. After an investigation, Pinellas sheriff's deputies determined Downing did not commit a crime, but the woman who was injured during the incident, Rosemarie Haines, 54, is suing him for damages that exceed $15,000, according to a civil lawsuit filed in state court.