EMS worker charged with DWI after head-on collision with pregnant woman

The man was driving to work when he hit the 9-month pregnant driver, who was then forced into labor


WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — A Wake County EMS worker is facing driving while impaired charges in connection with a head-on accident that injured a 9-month pregnant driver – forcing doctors to induce labor – and her young family Wednesday morning.

Authorities said they believed 26-year-old Jonathan Fortney had prescription drugs in his system when he crashed his 2005 Ford Taurus into the family's 2007 Toyota Sienna van just after 7:30 a.m. on Hodge Road and Lynnwood Estates Drive in Knightdale.

The driver of the van, 23-year-old Jessica Hughes, who is 9 months pregnant, was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. Her husband, 24-year-old Jonathan Hughes suffered minor injuries. The couple's 2-year-old son and 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter also suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

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