Maryland DUI Accident Tragically Kills Teen

A 16-year-old boy was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle recently while he attempted to cross Route 50 in West Ocean City. An official from the Maryland State Police said that the teen was struck and killed just west of the Harry W. Kelley Memorial Bridge sometime during the evening on May 16, 2009. The article about the Maryland DUI was recently published in the Baltimore Sun and reports that the teen was with a group of friends when he ran across the westbound lanes of Route 50 and made it to the median when he was hit by a Jeep Wrangler.

He was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he died from his injuries. Law enforcement officials investigating the Maryland DUI accident say that the Jeep’s driver was a 29-year-old man from Massapequa Park, N.Y. He has been charged with driving under the influence and driving while impaired. The teen has been identified and is from Ocean Pines. The principal of Stephen Decatur High School told investigators that the teen was a sophomore at the school.

The State of Maryland and Washington, D.C. have some of the country’s toughest drunk driving laws. An arrest for Maryland DUI or DWI results in an automatic driver’s license suspension or possible revocation of driving privileges. Maryland drivers may contest a suspension or revocation through Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration but in order to retain their driving privileges, they must request a hearing within ten days of their arrest. In addition to the MVA’s suspension and revocation, drivers convicted of their first DUI or DWI offense in Maryland could receive the following criminal penalties:

  • Driver’s license suspension for up to 45 days on a DUI conviction and up to 60 days for a DWI
  • Up to one year in jail for DUI and up to 60 days for DWI
  • Twelve license points for driving under the influence and up to eight points for driving while impaired
  • Up to $1,000 in fines for DUI and up to $500 for DWI

The accused in this case could also be charged with vehicular homicide in Maryland while under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired, which could result in very serious criminal penalties such as:

  • Fines up to $5000
  • Up to 20 years in prison
  • Mandatory alcohol counseling sessions
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • The inability to obtain some types of jobs
  • A permanent mark on his record
  • And other serious criminal penalties

If you or someone you care for is facing DUI, DWI or vehicular homicide charges in Maryland, you should contact the experienced Maryland DUI defense lawyers and Maryland vehicular homicide defense attorneys at the criminal defense law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC. They offer free initial consultations and will work hard to protect your rights, freedom and driving privileges. Call 866.444.6363 today to schedule a free consultation today.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.