Maryland Man Faces DUI Charges In Fatal Accident
Have you ever seen a crash between a car and a horse-drawn buggy? Such an incident recently happened in Maryland and it involved drinking and driving. Unfortunately, it ended in fatality for the buggy driver.
The fatal accident occurred on the morning of October 27 on Point Lookout Road, near Loveville Road in Loveville. A 65-year-old man was riding the buggy when a Chevrolet Silverado crossed over the yellow line and hit the buggy. The Loveville man was ejected from the buggy. He died at the accident scene.
The pickup driver, a 31-year-old man from Mechanicsville, fled the crash site. His driver’s license was suspended and he had stolen the Chevrolet. Police issued a warrant for his arrest. The man was arrested a week later. He is currently in jail facing charges of negligent homicide by vehicle, DUI, and leaving the scene of a crash.
What is Negligent Homicide by Vehicle?
When a person is killed in a car accident, the person who causes the crash can be charged with one or more criminal actions. They may include:
- Negligent homicide. This is usually the least serious crime. It involves causing the death of someone while driving illegally.
- Involuntary manslaughter. This may be the same as negligent homicide, depending on the jurisdiction. It involves accidentally killing someone due to reckless driving.
- Second-degree murder. This refers to extremely reckless or dangerous behavior that leads to a fatal car crash.
These charges can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on where the accident happened and what the driver was doing before the crash.
Are Horses and Buggies Common?
It may be surprising to see a car accident in 2021 involving a horse and buggy. Horses and buggies were the most commonly used form of transportation in the United States until 1908. That was the year that automobiles outnumbered horses and buggies on the roadways.
Horses and buggies are still used by some groups, such as the Amish and the Mennonites. While the Amish primarily live in Ohio and Pennsylvania, their population is on the rise, primarily on the East Coast in states such as Maine and New York. The Mennonites are also primarily found in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas.
Horse-drawn carriages can also be found for commercial use, mainly for tourists. They can be found in metropolitan areas such as New York City during holidays and events.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime that can be made worse by stealing a vehicle and driving without a valid license. Given these circumstances, a person convicted of these crimes can face felony charges and many years in prison.
Don’t handle this situation on your own. The Columbia DUI & traffic offenses lawyers at Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help defend you and reduce your charges and penalties. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987 to schedule a consultation. We have two offices to serve you.