Pregnant Woman Charged with DUI in Fatal Crash

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A pregnant woman was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she slammed her car head-on into an elderly couple's vehicle last year, Suffolk County prosecutors said Thursday.

29-year-old Jennifer Jorgensen was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant from a grand jury indictment charging her with second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child, among other charges.

Jorgensen, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the May 30, 2008 crash, pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Thursday. Her baby, born through emergency Caesarean-section, died a week after the crash.

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe said Jorgensen's blood-alcohol content was .06 percent and she was high on Clonazapam, an anti-anxiety medication. Her deceased baby tested positive for alcohol and marijuana, she said.

Jorgensen was apparently also chatting on her cell phone while she was traveling east in a westbound lane on Whiskey Road in Ridge, driving at 45 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The elderly couple inside the vehicle Jorgensen collided with - Robert Kelly, 74 and his wife Mary Kelly, 70, of Ridge - died in the crash.

Jorgensen is being released without bail and is due back in court July 30.

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