A man has been charged over a car crash in Wellington which killed a woman's unborn child.

Police laid three careless driving charges against the 40-year-old man following the crash in Wellington in June last year.

He was driving a car through Newtown with a 40-year-old woman in the passenger seat when he crashed.

The woman was 31 weeks pregnant, and her baby died after an emergency caesarean. The woman was injured.


The driver of the other car was also injured.

Detective Inspector Paul Basham said the decision to lay the charges had not been taken lightly.

"Police have undertaken a thorough investigation which has been subjected to an independent legal review.

"While this will be a difficult time for the family, police believe the matter should be put before the court for final determination," he said.

The man was to appear in Wellington District Court tomorrow.