Colo. Senator pays $200 fine in fatal crash case
Fri, 07 Oct 2011 21:46:21 GMT — The Colorado Senator who is accused of causing the death of a pregnant Amarillo woman last December has entered a no contest plea and paid a $200 fine. Pronews 7 confirmed Sen. Suzanne Williams entered the no contest plea and paid a $200 fine and $68 in court costs. Texas Department of Public Safety said she was cited for:1. Unsecured child under 17 years of age2. Child unsecured by a safety seat system under 8 years of age3. Driving on wrong side of road not passingThe $200 fine was for the charge of crossing the center line. According to Hartley County Attorney Shane Turner, the two seat-belt citations against Williams may be dismissed, as allowed by Texas law. Williams will have to take a child safety seat course and then the charges will be officially dismissed. Read more Grand Jury decides no indictment Details of preliminary crash report Investigation complete Additionally, DPS said Todd Williams, her son, was also cited for not wearing a seat belt during the crash. Turner said he paid the fine as well as court fees. It was back in May when a Hartley County grand jury declined to indict Colorado Sen. Williams in the case. Instead, Williams was cited on the three misdemeanor charges. The case stems from Dec. 26, 2010, when Williams' car veered into oncoming traffic near Channing on U.S. 385. Her car crashed into the car of Brianna Gomez, 30 of Amarillo. Gomez was pregnant and her son, Curran, was delivered by cesarean section. He remained in the hospital for a while but has since returned home. Williams told The Associated Press back in May that she was relieved by the announcement that she was not facing charges. "It has been a horrific experience for the Gomez family and my family," Williams, a staunch advocate of child-restraint laws, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I continue to keep the Gomez family in my prayers." In the car wreck, Williams' three-year-old grandson was ejected from her vehicle. According to a preliminary crash report, the senator picked up her grandson from the road and put him in a child safety seat. The report also shows that while Williams was wearing a seat belt, her 41-year-old son and two grandsons were not. The accident report showed that Williams was recommended to be charged with criminally negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence and injury to a child. Investigators said Williams may have been fatigued or distracted when the crash happened.