On Wednesday, May 12, 21-year-old Jessica Bruce led police on a high-speed chase through Douglasville, Georgia, that ended when her Pontiac, after weaving in and out of traffic and crashing into two cars, was T-boned, trapping the pregnant woman inside.
Police began the chase when Bruce's white Pontiac was clocked doing 86 MPH in a 65 MPH zone on I-20 in Douglasville. Bruce exited the highway and attempted to flee through the suburbs. Picking up speed, she entered into oncoming traffic, striking other cars.
Although other motorists received only minor injuries, Bruce had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where doctors performed an emergency C-section in an attempt to save the six- to seven-month-old fetus she was carrying. The baby did not survive. A GBI crime lab autopsy report cited injuries from the crash as the cause of death.
On Friday, May 14, Jessica Bruce was charged with feticide. Other charges are expected to be filed. The reason that Bruce fled from police is still unknown; the incident is under investigation. Bruce remains in the hospital in stable condition.
Georgia is currently the only state with a specific law about "feticide by vehicle."
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