There are those who don’t consider a fetus a person, well no, not in the sense they are able to holler, “Shotgun” while being driven to the hospital. But why if a pregnant woman gets into a car accident with another and both the pregnant woman and the fetus die, is the driver of the other vehicle charged with the murders of two people instead of only one? The doctors and the police consider the fetus a person. So that’s it, end of discussion.
– A Warrensville Heights man is charged with four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide after authorities say he blew through a red light and crashed into a car, killing the pregnant mother and her two daughters.
Eric Calhoun, 48, appeared before a judge in Bedford Municipal Court where bond was set at $1 million. Other charges are pending.
Bedford police say Calhoun may have been driving northbound on Northfield Road around 9:40 p.m. Friday when he blew through a red light and crashed into the car of a pregnant Maple Heights mother at Berwyn Drive.
Inside the struck vehicle was Maria Thorpe and her four daughters. Thorpe and daughters Zariah, 8, and Zyanah Roberts, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene.
“They were beautiful, cute, full of play and life. They didn’t really get a chance to live yet,” said Timothy Lang, the
boyfriend of Thorpe and father of her unborn child.
“(Zakari) was just starting to kick, and she’d keep telling me ‘feel right here, the baby is moving.'”
Lang called Thorpe a very happy, outgoing, easy-going person. “She really didn’t say no, she couldn’t say no. I’m really going to miss her. I was thinking about marrying her one day.”
Thorpe’s two other children, a 10-year-old and 12-year-old, were taken to local hospitals where one is listed in critical condition. Police have not confirmed but suspect alcohol is a factor in the wreck.
“It’s a very tragic set of events that have occurred and we certainly sent condolences. But as far as I can see, the evidence will reveal that this
was an accident,” said Calhoun’s attorney James Young. “I have no evidence to say he was intoxicated at all.”
Thorpe was about six months pregnant and was on her way to pick her boyfriend up from work in Beachwood when the fatal crash occurred.
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