Mom, twins hit with pickup, driver arrested

Unborn baby dies, investigators ponder charge

Talley Talley An early morning Saturday Jeep-pedestrians collision just south of downtown Rockdale has left a woman in a hospital with serious inju- ries, two children shaken and police and the Milam Count y At torne y ’s Office in a legal quandary.

Police Chief Thomas Harris said Mark Allen Ta l le y, 5 5 , of Rockdale is charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI)-third offense in connection with the 12:39 a.m. Saturday incident on Mill Street near Miles Styles.

Nineteen-year-old Joshlynn Price of Rockdale remains in stable condition at mid-week at Scott & White Hospital after undergoing surgery.

Harr is said Pr ice lost her unborn baby, estimated to be around six months, as a result of the collision.

Price’s twin 14-month-old sons, Eric and Dominique Reynolds, who were together in a stroller being pushed by their mother, were treated and released at Scott & White.

Police said the boys did not appear to be seriously injured.

Harris said Price was walking down the side of Mill Street, pushing the stroller, when she was struck by the 1995 Jeep.

“As near as we can determine the truck passed completely over her body,” Harris said. “It didn’t actually run over the stroller, containing the twins, but hit it and pushed it along the street.

“Witnesses screamed at the driver to stop,” Harris said.

Ofc. Dale Bekker responded to the scene. “The driver was tested and his blood alcohol level was found to be above the limit for legal intoxication in Texas,” Harris said.

Price underwent surgery for internal injuries. “We’ve been advised that her condition has stabilized,” Harris said.

“She also had other injuries,” he said.

Police and Prosecutor Kerry Spears are looking into Texas law to see if additional charges are possible due to the death of the unborn child.

“It appears that currently under Texas law, there aren’t statutes covering the death of a fetus in this kind of a situation,” Harris said. “The fetus has to be born to be covered by the law.”

Harris said it’s current ly unclear if there are exceptions. “We’re still looking to see if maybe something like intoxicationmanslaughter could be applied.”

Talley was released from custody in the Milam County Jail on Monday after posting $70,000 bond.

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