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Hughes v. State
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
868 P.2d 730 (1994)
Treva LaNan Hughes (defendant) drove her vehicle while intoxicated into oncoming traffic and hit another car driven by Reesa Poole who was nine-months pregnant at the time. The impact of the collision caused Poole’s stomach to hit the steering wheel causing severe injuries to, and immediate delivery of, her unborn fetus. When the baby was delivered it had an extremely slow heartbeat, but was otherwise brain dead, had no blood pressure or respiratory functions. The baby subsequently died. Hughes was charged with first-degree manslaughter and driving while under the influence while involved in a personal injury accident. Hughes was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison. Hughes appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Chapel, J.)
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