The Anne Arundel County Police believe alcohol was involved in a fatal three-car crash this afternoon near the Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie.
Police believe a 2008 Toyota Tundra, operated by a 35-year-old Glen Burnie man, was traveling southbound on Ritchie Highway approaching the intersection when it failed to stop for a steady red traffic signal. As the Tundra entered the intersection, it first struck a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, turning left into the Marley Station Mall; and then a 2013 BMW also turning left into the mall.
As a result of the collision, the driver of the Tundra sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Bayview Hospital in Baltimore for treatment. A 13-year-old male passenger in the Tundra was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Equinox was transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Equinox was pronounced dead at the scene by Anne Arundel County Fire personnel. The driver of the BMW was not injured.
Car accident lawyer Ian Estrada says: “In addition to incurring criminal penalties for a DUI conviction, a drunk driver who causes a car accident may have to pay civil damages if the accident leads to injuries.
Evidence suggests there was potential alcohol use by the driver of the Tundra as well as excessive speed. In consultation with the Anne Arundel County States Attorney’s Office, the decision was made to charge the driver of the Tundra with the following charges:
- Negligent Manslaughter
- Criminally Negligent Manslaughter
- Homicide while under the influence of alcohol
- Life-threatening injury by MV while under the influence of alcohol
- Life-threatening injury by MV while impaired by alcohol
- Drive under the influence of alcohol while transporting a minor
- Drive while impaired with alcohol while transporting a minor