Courtesy of somdnews.com, a negligent homicide while driving under the influence case is being forwarded to Calvert County Circuit Court after the preliminary hearing on March 4 in District Court. Calvert County Sheriff’s Office reconstruction team coordinator Sergeant Bortchevsky, during the preliminary hearing, testified that upon responding to the scene of a serious accident at Academy Drive and Marlboro Road, sheriff’s deputies discovered a man who had been ejected from a pick up truck lying a few feet from the vehicle in the front yard of a private home.
The man had been a passenger in the truck. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore where he died in the early morning on January 23. The woman who admitted to being the driver had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and glassy eyes. There was a nearly empty half gallon container of rum in the passenger seat.
The driver told sheriff’s deputies she had four beers prior to the accident, according to charging documents. She was placed on a backboard by EMS personnel where the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus was performed by deputies. She failed the test and was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center. After a blood sample was taken, it was sent to the Maryland State Police lab for analysis.
The driver is being charged with negligent homicide – driving under the influence, negligent homicide – driving while impaired, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving, reckless driving, driving while impaired by alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection to the single vehicle accident leading to the death of her passenger.
The Calvert County DUI defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer know that negligent homicide driving under the influence is a serious charge. We believe that anyone facing such a charge deserves a fair trial, the opportunity to defend himself or herself, and the chance to protect his or her future. If you are facing a charge of negligent homicide driving under the influence in the state of Maryland, call us today at (800) 489-1577.