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Student dies in drunk-driver car accident in Towson

A Maryland college student died after being hit by an alleged drunk driver on April 13. The young man, age 19, died in the car accident when he was hit by an intoxicated driver while crossing a road in Towson. The driver of the vehicle is accused of hit-and-run in the incident, as she continued to drive even after striking the victim.

Authorities say that the auto accident occurred on a busy stretch of road near the 287-acre Goucher College campus. The thoroughfare, Dulaney Valley Road, is known for its high pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The accident occurred during the early morning hours that Sunday, and it is not clear whether the road was particularly busy at that time. Authorities say that the pedestrian was not actually in a crosswalk at the time that he was hit, though he was crossing the street near a designated walkway.

The defendant in this case is a 23-year-old Middle River woman who has already received citations for hit-and-run, along with driving under the influence. She remains free as the case is reviewed. The state attorney may decide to charge the woman with more serious violations, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Pedestrians such as this young man should not have to be afraid that they will be struck by intoxicated drivers while they are simply crossing the street. This victim died after suffering serious injuries in the collision; he was transported to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead on April 14. Authorities say that a rash of similar accidents has been sweeping through Baltimore County, causing concern within the law enforcement community. Pedestrians are encouraged to pay attention to their surroundings. Still, no amount of attentiveness can take a drunk driver off the road. Those negligent motorists should be held accountable for their irresponsible actions in civil and criminal court.

Source: WBAL TV 11, "Police: Goucher College student killed in hit-and-run" Kerry Cavanaugh, Apr. 15, 2014

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