PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man convicted in a 2001 crash that killed a mother and her unborn baby is charged with driving under the influence in Pike County.
According to the Appalachian-News Express, 47-year-old Charles Christopher Morris Jr. was arrested Monday afternoon after Kentucky State Police responded to a call of a vehicle in a ditch.
Deputies say they found Morris at a store nearby and say he appeared to be under the influence, and performed poorly on field sobriety tests.
Morris was charged with driving under the influence and other traffic charges, according to the Appalachian-News Express.
Morris was convicted on two counts of manslaughter following a crash in 2001 in Pikeville that killed 22-year-old Veronica Jane Thornsbury and her unborn baby.
He was under the influence of drugs when he ran a red light and hit the car Thornsbury was in.
Thornsbury was on her way to the hospital to give birth.
She died at the scene. Her baby was stillborn.
The death of Thorsbury and her unborn baby led to the passage of a fetal homicide law in Kentucky.