Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CO legislator kills pregnant woman in car crash

Stuff happens, of course, and apparently she wasn't drunk, but state senator Suzanne Williams is a hypocrite and a forgetter of convenience. NineNews' story (which very oddly begins with the fact that the woman killed was a distant relative of another CO state senator):
Texas safety officials say a 2010 Honda CRV driven by Williams was heading north when, for some unknown reason, it veered into oncoming traffic and hit the 2003 GMC Yukon driven by Eric James Gomez of Amarillo.

According to Texas officials, Eric Gomez tried to avoid the crash, but the vehicles crashed head-on in the center of the roadway.

Brianna Gomez's baby was delivered by C-section and is currently in critical condition at Northwest Texas Hospital. Brianna Gomez, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Lundberg says Briana Gomez, originally from Ouray, also had two daughters.

Investigators say Williams was wearing a seatbelt. Her son, 41-year-old Todd Edward Williams of Denver, and her oldest grandson, 7-year-old Tyler Williams, were not wearing their seatbelts and were ejected from the car. Both were listed in stable condition at Northwest Texas Hospital.

Williams' other grandson, 3-year-old Tristan Williams, was also not wearing a seatbelt, but was not ejected. He too was listed in stable condition at the same hospital.
As the story points out,
Williams is on the Colorado Senate's Transportation Committee and has pushed for legislation giving police officers authority to pull drivers over for not wearing seatbelts. Right now, not wearing a seatbelt is a secondary offense in Colorado. . . .
Williams says she doesn't remember much from the crash, but:
"It's a tragedy that I now have a personal experience with a highway accident," Williams told 9NEWS over the phone from Texas on Monday. "It's been very traumatic."
Poor baby. Oh, wait. The actual ba--er, fetus--lived.
9NEWS asked Williams why her family was not wearing seatbelts during the accident and she said she did not have time to answer the question.
Williams has come up on this blog before. She suggested repealing the Columbus Day holiday a few years ago.

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