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Woman loses child to DWI accident, fights for change

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, August 23, 2012

An accident that occurred in San Miguel County, New Mexico, has a woman from a nearby state up in arms about the state's drunk driving laws. The DWI accident caused injuries to the woman, who was seven-months pregnant at the time. When she was taken to the hospital, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section that failed to save the child. Now, she is petitioning to see New Mexico's drunk driving laws become more stringent in an effort to bring justice to the death of her unborn son.

According to reports, the woman and her husband were driving through New Mexico in June to celebrate the upcoming birth of their son with family. While traveling on Interstate 25, a car pulled out in front of them and allegedly caused the accident.

The man behind the wheel of that vehicle was from Las Vegas, New Mexico. Records from the state's Motor Vehicle Division show that the driver had his license revoked previously and was convicted of DWI at least four times. He pleaded not guilty to charges of felony DWI and vehicular homicide in this case.

The would-be mother and her petition have the support of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. She said that she wants to see legislators take action in regards to strengthening the state's DWI laws.

According to the mother, New Mexico's laws are not strong enough. Statistics she reported showed that two out of every five automobile accidents have alcohol involved and three out of the five drivers accused of DWI are repeat offenders. She also said that the state allows as many as seven DWI convictions before any legitimate consequences are put into place.

Source: New Mexico Watchdog, "Heartbreaking: After accident, California woman petitions to toughen NM's drunk driving laws," Rob Nikolewski, Aug. 14, 2012