On Monday, Justin Lee Colby tried to run over his seven-month-pregnant girlfriend with his car. Now Colby, 33, is facing two charges of attempted homicide. According to the Daily Mail, Colby’s been arrested at least eight times over the past nine years on a wide variety of charges, including aggravated assault; domestic violence; sex battery of a minor; possession and sale of controlled substances, and multiple probation violations.
The victim, Crystal Lnn Noordhuizen, was taken to hospital after the attack. She told police that she and Colby had been fighting earlier in the day before she left to avoid further contact with him. Prior to the accident, he asked her on the phone “Are you ready for your abortion date?”
The police surveillance of the incident showed Colby (right) hitting her with a 2006 Dodge Charger in front of a Toyota dealership; and according to the police report, he crashed into a pole, got out of the car but did not help Noordhuizen.
In fact, not only did he refuse to help her, he walked back home and fled on his motorcycle. Thankfully, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced that evening that Colby had been found and arrested.
Although Noordhuizen’s baby wasn’t injured in the incident, if there was harm to the child, Colby could have been charged with vehicular homicide. Florida law defines vehicular homicide as the killing of a human being, or the killing of a viable baby by any injury to the mother, caused by the operation of a motor vehicle by another in a reckless manner likely to cause the death of, or great bodily harm to, another.
As LifeNews previously reported, unborn babies are now protected under the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which took effect in Florida late last year. The Act provides that an individual who injures or kills an unborn child during the commission of certain federal crimes will be guilty of a separate offense.
The author of the bill, Rep. Larry Ahern said the case that brought attention to the issue occurred when a man strangled his girlfriend and it resulted in the death of her unborn child. The boyfriend knew she was pregnant and the state of Florida even issued a death certificate for the unborn child; but the man was only charged in the death of the woman, not the death of the child.
Another case that helped the bill pass the Florida Legislature was the case of Remee Lee who was tricked into taking an abortion pill by her ex-boyfriend. Her boyfriend, John Andrew Welden, told her the pill was an antibiotic when it was really the second drug in the deadly RU-486 abortion regimen.