Man accused of hitting pregnant woman with truck pleads not guilty

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Donovan Walker-Hall, the man accused of hitting a pregnant woman causing her to lose her baby, plead not guilty. The victim's family was present for Walker-Hall's court appearance, but weren't ready to speak with reporters yet.

According to the criminal complaint, Walker-Hall was traveling northbound on Martin Luther King Dr. as he tried to beat a yellow light. Walker-Hall collided with another driver who was making a left turn from the south bound lanes.

The crash forced Walker-Hall's vehicle off the road, and into the path of 23-year-old Ashley Williams. She was walking with her boyfriend, Isaiah Chesnut, when Walker-Hall hit her. The two had just left a Walgreen's and were walking to the bus stop.

Williams was transported from the accident scene to Froedtert Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency C-section. Dr. Peterson at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says the baby died from multiple blunt force injuries.

In the criminal complaint, police say data from Walker-Hall's vehicle shows he was traveling approximately 56 miles per hour.

Investigators found that Walker-Hall has no driver's license, and the current status with the state is suspended. He has three prior convictions for Operating Without a License, and 10 convictions for Operating After Suspension dating back to 2009.

Walker-Hall is charged with Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle, Duty Upon Striking Person, Knowingly Operate Motor Vehicle While Suspended, and Reckless Driving. He faces up to 19 years in prison. Walker-Hall's bail has been set at $25,000.

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