No state in America is free from the scathing after effects of the drug epidemic which is sweeping the nation. People from all walks of life have been found in possession or under the influence of an illegal substance. What is more chilling for Maryland residents is the uptick of recent fatalities due to the rise of such leisure activities. A local woman was recently sentenced from a car accident that killed a newlywed couple last year on Valentine’s Day.
A local woman was recently sentenced to eight years in prison. The 28-year-old woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges which came from an incident that occurred in 2016. She was operating a vehicle that crossed the median and hit another vehicle head-on.
The victims of the crash, a 21-year-old male and a 20-year-old female were out celebrating their six-month anniversary when the accused used heroin and got behind the wheel. The male driver of the other car was pronounced dead at the scene. His new bride and only passenger died early the next morning at a local hospital as a result of her injuries. During the recently sentenced woman’s hospital stay after the crash, toxicology reports showed cannabinoids and opiates in her urine.
A car accident that is the fault of another can have a devastating effect on those involved and for their loved ones. Those injured or the loved ones of victims who succumb to their injuries in an incident may choose to file a civil lawsuit or a wrongful death claim. A Maryland attorney with a background in personal injury and wrongful death may help them secure compensation. Monies awarded could help to cover hospital fees or final expenses.
Source: Edgewater, MD Patch, “Driver Who Killed Newlyweds In Edgewater Used Heroin Before Crash“, Deb Belt, June 9, 2017