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'Staunch advocate' for seat belts gets off easy

As Travis Ruiz reports for Connect Amarillo, Colorado Senator Suzanne Williams entered a no-contest plea, paid $200 in fines, and $68 in court costs - after causing a fatal car crash that killed a woman who was pregnant at the time of the accident.

For reasons unknown, prosecutors did not charge Williams with criminally negligent homicide, as was recommended in the original accident report, which details Williams "veering" into Texas highway traffic and colliding with an oncoming car.

In that oncoming car was 30-year-old Brianna Gomez. Though she did not survive the accident, her son was delivered at the hospital by C-section and was discharged in good condition.

Though Williams is a "staunch advocate" in her home state for children wearing seat belts and being strapped into car seats, Williams's grandson, who was only three at the time of the accident, was ejected from the car because he wasn't in a car seat. (Fortunately, he survived.)

Williams is said to have retrieved her grandson and strapped him into the car seat before investigators arrived on the scene.

Source: Connect Amarillo, "Colo. Senator pays $200 fine in fatal crash case," by Travis Ruiz, 10/07/11

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