Pregnant woman ‘brain dead’ after hit by cyclist

"There's always going to be a little bit of Rose somewhere"

(Photo Courtesy: Joshua McSwain)

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Joshua McSwain says he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Rose Higgins.

They had two kids together and one on the way. “We were best friends for years.”

Everything changed while out for a walk last Friday, July 22, when Higgins was hit by a cyclist.

“All I seen was him going over the handlebars hit her in the face. Last thing I was remembered was her head slamming down on the pavement.” 

Investigators say the accident happened around 9:45 p.m. on Mount Olivet Road near the Weatherly Drive intersection.

Higgins was about 6 months pregnant when she was rushed to the hospital.

“My mind automatically went to the baby,” said McSwain.

The baby girl names Charissa didn’t survive.

“I got to hold her while she was still here.”

Then, they were holding on to hope, praying Higgins would pull through after being pronounced brain dead Tuesday afternoon.

“I called a lawyer and just tried to get her some time to get better.”  He says they learned time wasn’t enough.

“We’ve got two sons and I love her. I was planning on spending the rest of my life with that girl. I just wanted her here.”

Her organs will be donated after Higgins is taken off life support.

“There’s always going to be a little bit of Rose somewhere, know what I mean. There’ll be somebody benefiting from her.” He says it’s what she would’ve wanted.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family here

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