MARYSVILLE (CBS13) — A driver has been arrested on a charge of murder after a February crash that forced doctors to perform an emergency C-section on a pregnant woman, with the child being pronounced dead shortly after.
California Highway Patrol says, back on the morning of Feb. 23, two cars were involved in a head-on crash near Hammonton Smartville Road and Happy Way.READ MORE: Blind Youth Football Player In Modesto Scores Touchdown In Team's Win
Investigators allege one driver, Michael Smith, was under the influence of a drug when he let his car cross over into the centerline. He then collided with Robbi Megazzi’s vehicle head-on.
Megazzi was 38 weeks pregnant at the time and the crash left her were major injuries.READ MORE: Pedestrian Suffers Serious Injuries After Being Hit By Car In Sacramento
Doctors had to perform an emergency C-section of the unborn baby due to the injuries. The boy, named Maverick Megazzi, was then pronounced dead shortly after he was born.
Smith was also taken to the hospital with major injuries that have prevented him from being booked into the Yuba County Jail. However, the subsequent investigation has now prompted the Yuba County District Attorney’s office to issue an arrest warrant for Smith on a charge of murder.MORE NEWS: Wildfire Smoke Returns To Region As Folsom Renaissance Faire Returns
CHP says Smith was then arrested on Thursday without incident. Along with murder, Smith is also facing DUI and other charges related to the crash.