Making the decision to drink and then go out on the roadway is a serious one that can have tragic consequences whether you’re a pedestrian or are behind the wheel of a car. The recent incidents that have happened at one busy Maryland intersection underscore the importance of turning over the responsibility of getting home to others after drinking alcohol.
On July 6, a 21-year-old recent college graduate decided to spend an evening out with her sorority sisters. At roughly 3 a.m., she was attempting to cross over US 1 when a minivan struck her. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Law enforcement officials were able to track down the alleged driver of the car. He was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and negligent auto homicide.
The area of US 1 between Knox and Hartwick roads where this incident took place is popular with local college students because of the bars and restaurants located there. Unfortunately, this young woman’s death marked the third fatality involving a pedestrian on this same busy stretch of road this year.
A 22-year-old University of Maryland student lost his life in a similar hit-and-run accident, although he was not using the designated crosswalk at the time. The driver turned himself in, but it is not known whether he was charged with a crime.
A 23-year-old George Washington University student was killed in April as he attempted to cross near that same intersection. The driver in that incident was not charged. However, law enforcement officials believe that his drinking was a contributing factor to the incident.
Anyone who chooses to drink and drive must be ready to accept the consequences. As these cases demonstrate, however, the circumstances are not always as clear-cut as they may seem. When charged with a DUI offense, the accused should be aware of his or her rights and all of the facts of the case so that legal counsel can ensure that the ensuing proceedings are fair and just.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Randallstown woman killed by drunken driver in College Park, police say” Catherine Rentz, Jul. 06, 2014