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Fatal Maryland hit-and-run leads to drunk driving charges

| Jul 17, 2014 | Drunk Driving

A woman was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident that recently took place near the campus of the University of Maryland. She was just 21 years old. The police have now arrested the man that they believe to be responsible, and they believe that he may have been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The accident itself happened on Baltimore Avenue, and it took place around 3 a.m. The man, who is 33 years old and who comes from Virginia, was driving a minivan in close proximity to the College Park Shopping Center. The young woman was crossing the road when she was hit.

Police said that the driver of the minivan tried to flee from the scene of the crash. However, he did not get very far, as police pulled him over near the intersection between Interstate 495 and Baltimore Avenue. According to the officers, the man’s blood alcohol level was as much as double that which is permitted under Maryland law. On the whole, he is looking at 13 charges right now, including those for driving under the influence.

The man said he was not responsible, despite his window being broken, telling officers it had already been broken before that night. Those officers claim that video records show the van coming into the area with the windows unbroken, however, and they say that some of the glass was on the man when his van was stopped.

Those facing DUI charges or other charges after a car accident always have the right to a fair trial, and this right especially needs to be preserved when they say that their story is different than that being told by police.

Source: Source: WBAL TV, “Woman, 21, killed in College Park hit-and-run,” Jeff Counsins, July 7, 2014