Almost everyone in Maryland is aware that consuming alcohol and then driving a vehicle isn’t a good idea. There are some instances, however, in which drivers may decide that it is necessary. One 23-year-old woman is facing charges for her alleged role in a fatal Maryland accident.
The accident occurred at around 1:45 on a Sunday morning. A man was crossing the road, but wasn’t in a crosswalk, when the woman hit him. The driver was going northbound on Dulaney Valley Road at the time of the accident. She was in the right turn lane.
After hitting the pedestrian, she allegedly drove off. The police were able to identify the driver. They issued citations for a hit-and-run charge and a drunk driving charge when they found her. She was then released to a family member. The state attorney’s office will review the case to determine if other charges should be placed against the Middle River woman.
The pedestrian was taken to Shock Trauma where he died on Monday morning. He was a student at Groucher College. His funeral arrangements are pending.
With the severity of this accident, there is a chance that the alleged drunk driver may face other charges. A police spokeswoman noted that the driver was at fault for the accident; however, she also noted that pedestrians must follow proper safety protocol. The victim in this case didn’t use a nearby crosswalk. The spokeswoman says that crossing in a crosswalk and being very careful when crossing the street at night are vital for pedestrians.
As this woman learns more about her charges, she must make sure that she understands the consequences. She should make sure that she gets any questions she has answered so she can properly defend herself. While it’s easy for people to assume that someone is guilty simply because he or she was arrested, that is not the case. The prosecution has to prove that a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: WBALTV 11, “Police: Goucher College student killed in hit-and-run” Kerry Cavenaugh, Apr. 15, 2014