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Driver gets 5 years for wreck that killed Maryland pedestrian

A driver has been sentenced to five years' prison time after causing a fatal wreck in Maryland. The man, age 62, is from Philadelphia. He was convicted of causing a drunk driving car accident that killed a woman from Pocomoke City. This was the man's fourth conviction for drunk driving. He has been convicted once before in Maryland, and he has two convictions for the crime in Virginia. Further, the man was cited several times for driving on a suspended license in the state of Maryland.

The accident occurred in late December 2012, when the man struck the victim with his sedan while she was walking in the road. In an unusual twist, it appears that the victim was also intoxicated at the time of the wreck. The 72-year-old woman was leaving a restaurant parking lot when she inexplicably got out of the vehicle while it was still in gear. The woman's Ford Explorer drifted across traffic before smashing into a light pole. The woman was walking across the lanes of traffic, ostensibly to retrieve her vehicle, when she was struck by the defendant.

Prosecutors said several witnesses were able to stop and avoid striking the victim, but it appears that the at-fault driver did not even attempt to brake. Official reports showed that the man and his passenger had both been drinking in the vehicle; they decided to throw the alcohol out the window after the wreck. The man's blood alcohol content was measured at 0.08 percent at the time of the auto accident. The victim's blood alcohol content measured at 0.18 percent, according to news reports.

Regardless of the intoxication status of the victim, the drunk driver still caused the auto accident. Victims whose relatives have died in an accident caused by a drunk driver may be entitled to financial compensation in connection with the wreck. A Maryland attorney may be able to provide information about possible legal options.

Source: Delmarvanow.com, "Driver sentenced in Pocomoke hit-and-run death" Brian Shane, Feb. 10, 2014

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