A Southern Maryland motorist who was driving when her car crashed, killing her front-seat passenger, has a scheduled appearance in a St. Mary’s Courtroom to be arraigned on a charge of criminally negligent manslaughter. Courtesy of somdnews.com, the charge stems from a car crash last year on North Sandgates Road.
A Mechanicsville area resident, age 22, was behind the wheel of a 1996 Dodge Intrepid on April 28 when the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into two utility poles. The crash occurred at 2:26 a.m. The driver’s 23-year-old passenger, riding in the front seat, also from Mechanicsville, died from the injuries she received. The driver and an additional passenger were thrown from the vehicle, found conscious nearby and were transported to a local hospital.
The criminal charge of negligent manslaughter was not, according to Laura Caspar, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney, due to the presence of alcohol in her blood. The speed the car was traveling was instead the basis of the criminal charge. Criminally negligent manslaughter is a misdemeanor version of Maryland’s felony vehicular manslaughter law.
Criminally negligent manslaughter is a charge more targeted at this particular type of situation, according to Caspar. The damages to the Dodge Intrepid indicated that the vehicle was traveling at approximately 63 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour speed zone when the driver lost control.
The driver has also been accused of negligence in a wrongful death lawsuit and $250,000 in damages is being sought on behalf of the victim’s two-year-old daughter.
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