Charles County Man Indicted on Vehicular Manslaughter Charges for Death of Passenger

A Charles County man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and negligent homicide while under the influence of alcohol stemming from a February 5, 2012 crash in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. According to Maryland police, he was driving a pickup truck traveling on New Market Turner Road heading toward Route 235 when the truck veered out of control, crossed the center line of the highway and struck a tree near the Korner Karryout convenience store. The male passenger in the truck, a 32-year-old Mechanicsville resident, was killed.

As reported by, the man charged with the crimes had a reported blood alcohol level of .14 percent — close to twice the legal limit. St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said that the investigation conducted by police also alleged the vehicle was traveling over 90 miles per hour. That was reportedly confirmed by both a speed analysis and data from an air-bag control module.

The passenger in the truck died at the scene of the crash. The driver was initially listed in critical condition after being flown out to a hospital. The two men were on their way to the convenience store to purchase snacks, cigarettes, and beverages, according to the deceased’s father-in-law. The men were coworkers at a crane service company.

At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our Maryland manslaughter defense lawyers understand that this type of charge is a very serious. You should not face the charge alone. Our attorneys will develop an aggressive defense in order to pursue the best possible outcome in your particular case while making sure your rights are protected. If you have been charged with manslaughter, call our offices at (866) 444-6363 for a confidential case review.

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