by Steven Ertelt
June 7, 2007
Chelsea, VT (LifeNews.com) — A New Hampshire woman who crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision that killed a woman and her unborn child has plead not guilty to charges of carelessness and negligent operation of a vehicle. Though charged for the death of the mother, the woman won’t be charged with the death of the baby.
That’s because Vermont is one of just 15 states that have no unborn victims law allowing prosecutors to bring charges in these kind of cases where someone is responsible for the death of a baby before birth.
According to an AP report, 31 year-old Kristy O’Meara of Woodsville, New Hampshire crashed into a car driven by 27-year-old Chrissy Ellison of Haverhill, New Hampshire. The accident occurred on Route Five in Newbury, Vermont.
Ellison was a mother of two boys and in her ninth month of pregnancy at the time of the accident. She languished in a coma for three weeks before being taken off life support and passing away.
AP reports that police said O’Meara was adjusting her seat at the time of the accident.
Unborn victims laws that provide further protection for pregnant mothers and their children and justice in their deaths. The laws gained national prominence with the deaths of Laci and Connor Peterson, and 24 of them protect both mother and child throughout pregnancy.