Laws under review after another pregnant woman dies in crash
A pregnant woman has died three weeks after the stolen car she was travelling in crashed into a service station near Newcastle.
It is the second crash to kill a pregnant woman in less than a month.
The 32-year-old woman was one of three people in the Subaru WRX when the driver clipped a garden bed on the Pacific Highway at Charlestown, lost control and crashed into the service station and a parked car on September 21.
The 24-year-old driver from Taree and the woman were both taken to hospital. A third person in the car, a 22-year-old man, did not require medical treatment.
Police confirmed the woman died in John Hunter Hospital on Friday.
“Crash investigators are dealing with the matter and charges will be pending,” NSW Police Chief Inspector David Matthews said.
The 24-year-old man remains in hospital in a stable condition and investigations are continuing.
On September 28, Katherine Hoang and her unborn twins were killed along with a teen girl when the Nissan they were travelling in was hit head on by an allegedly speeding and unlicensed driver travelling on the wrong side of the road.
Richard Moananu, 29, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter over the death of the expectant mother and teenager.
He has not been charged over the death of Mrs Hoang’s twins because under current law, the death of an unborn baby is only recognised as serious injury to the mother.
“It’s more disappointing than anything because the people that are responsible for these deaths are not being met by the full force of the law and that’s what really needs to happen,” victims advocate Howard Brown said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian has said she is considering changes to the law so the loss of a foetus following a criminal act will be a chargeable offence.
The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the law.