Sen. Williams pleads not guilty to misdemeanor tickets
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:30:11 GMT —
The Colorado Senator who is accused of causing the death of a pregnant Amarillo woman last December has entered a plea of not guilty to the three misdemeanor tickets she was issued.
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 passingRead 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.
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 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' 3-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.Join the conversation on Pronews 7's Facebook and let us know what you think about Williams fighting the tickets. Also, be sure to vote in our web poll below.