No one wants a DUI arrest. However, it can be a wake-up call that, if heeded, can prevent tragedy later on. One young Maryland woman apparently didn't heed that call after her first DUI. Now she's facing charges including homicide by motor vehicle, negligent manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The 22-year-old woman from Lutherville-Timonium received supervised probation for a DUI last year in Westminster. The judge in her case ordered her to "totally abstain from alcohol and abusive use of any drug." She was also required to participate in a treatment program and to undergo drug testing.
According to police, late last month, she struck and killed a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother as the two went for an early morning walk in their Baltimore County neighborhood. Witnesses reported that she was driving her SUV erratically and exceeding the area's 25 mph speed limit.
According to the state's attorney's office, the young woman admitted that she had been drinking and smoking marijuana the night before the fatal crash. She also said that she'd taken a Percocet that night and reportedly told authorities that she was on her way to a methadone clinic at the time of the crash.
This wasn't the first traffic incident in which the woman had been involved since the 2017 DUI. Earlier this year, she faced charges that included not staying at the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended driver's license. When she failed to appear in court to face those charges, she was arrested. That was just a couple of weeks before the crash that killed the grandmother and her granddaughter.
If you've been arrested for a DUI, it's important to ensure that your rights are protected and that you present your best case. However, if you enter a plea deal or are convicted, it's also crucial to abide by any provisions ordered by the court for your own good and that of others.