Julian Gutierrez, 25, was driving under the influence in California when he crashed head-on into a pregnant woman, forcing her to go into labor. The baby girl died immediately after. Gutierrez is now being charged with murder.
Gutierrez already had three DUIs on his record. Judith Mauricio was eight months pregnant when the crash occurred, and she was also heavily injured and taken to a nearby hospital to have her baby.
“I ran out, saw the lady yelling in hysterics,” said Simon Sarkissian, a witness at the scene of the crash. “When I saw the bruise on her tummy there, all I could do was pray.”
The Daily Mail reports:
In addition to murder, the 25-year-old is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of two other DUI offenses; gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of two other DUI offenses.
Gutierrez pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in court on Wednesday.
Prior to the crash, the North Hills man reportedly had his license suspended seven times in the last six years and revoked in 2016. There was also a $70,000 warrant out for his arrest.
Gutierrez, who is scheduled to appear again in court on June 13, is currently being held on $2 million bail.
If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.