A Maryland man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in
a fatal accident that killed his young son, but 15 of those years have
been suspended by the court. As a result, the man will spend only five
years behind bars for the traffic crimes. The 28-year-old man had pleaded
guilty to a variety of charges in connection with the accident, including
aggravated involuntary manslaughter. He was also accused of
DUI after the November wreck.
Official reports show that the defendant admitted to drinking alcohol before
driving with his two children in the car. Investigators were not able
to obtain a blood sample until six hours after the crash; at that time,
the man’s blood alcohol content measured at 0.05 percent. Analysts
said that the man’s blood alcohol content level would likely have
been at about 0.11 percent at the time of the wreck.
Although scientific analysis for BAC level is rather sophisticated, it
is not foolproof. In most states, time limits have been established for
administering blood and Breathalyzer tests. For instance, officers are
not permitted to obtain physical samples after a certain number of hours
have passed, largely because the results are less reliable. It is not
clear whether those rules were followed in this instance.
The collision occurred after the defendant went to pick up his children
— a 3-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy — at a local daycare.
Family members notified police because the man had been drinking at a
party before he got behind the wheel. The defendant reportedly caused
two separate crashes in Interstate 95, first striking the rear-end of
another vehicle and then eventually plowing into a grove of trees. Officers
said they found marijuana in the man’s vehicle and that he was intoxicated
at the time of the collision.
Source: Hopewell News & Patriot, “Driver gets 5 years for fatal crash” Caitlin Davis, Jun. 03, 2014