A young Georgia husband and wife are mourning the loss of their unborn child as they try to recover from a crash with a wrong-way driver.
The accident occurred one recent Sunday night on Winder Highway in Dacula, Georgia. Police said a Nissan Titan pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old man was traveling in the southbound lanes, then crossed the double-yellow lines into the northbound lanes. After side-swiping another vehicle, the pickup truck ran head-on into a Toyota 4 Runner.
The occupants of the Toyota were a pregnant 22-year-old woman who was driving, her 23-year-old husband and their 2-year-old son.
The couple and the boy were transported to the hospital, where the woman underwent an emergency C-section to try to save the baby girl, who was delivered at 27 weeks. The infant did not survive.
The boy was released but his parents remained hospitalized.
The Nissan driver now faces a number of charges: three counts of serious injury by vehicle, feticide by vehicle, speeding, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, open container, failure to maintain lane and violating seatbelt laws.
Police said the Nissan driver is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Therefore, other charges could still come.
This was a tragic event for this family, and the physical and emotional path ahead for them will be long. They will need the support of their family and friends, as well as help with unexpected medical and funeral costs, as they move forward. When they are up to it, the couple should consider a consultation with an attorney to discuss recovery of their financial losses.