Huntsville man charged with reckless murder of pregnant woman
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Police have charged 57-year-old Dennis Hammond with reckless murder Monday morning following a weekend traffic accident on Jordan Lane that claimed the life of a pregnant woman.
The victim was 29-year-old Danetria Rice of Huntsville.
Rice was the passenger in a car traveling north on Jordan Lane near Sportsman Lane around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Hammond was driving south and crossed over the turn lane and struck Rice's vehicle head-on.
The driver of that vehicle was Rice's husband, Joel Johnson. Their young daughter was also in the car.
Rice was transported to the hospital, where she died of her injuries. The baby survived the accident but remains in critical condition.
Police say Hammond appeared to be under the influence and was treated and released from the hospital. He was then arrested and charged with the murder of Danetria Rice.
"A beautiful mother, a wonderful wife, and she put her all into everything that she did," said Johnson.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
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