A woman from Prince George County who caused a fatal car accident last year was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week. The 33-year-old driver, named Dominique Taylor, was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana when she caused a car accident in Bowie, Maryland on February 2, 2019. That deadly collision killed six people, five of whom were children.
Taylor had been at a house party, where she drank enough alcohol to cause her blood alcohol level to be over two times the legal limit. She also smoked marijuana before leaving the party at 4 a.m. and getting in her 2005 Chrysler Pacifica to drive herself and six passengers home.
Five of Taylor’s passengers were children—with two being her own children and three belonging to her relatives. All were between the ages of 5 and 15 years old, and none were wearing seatbelts, so the five children were thrown from the car in the crash. Taylor’s only adult passenger, a 23-year-old man, was critically injured in the crash and died at the hospital weeks later.
According to police, Taylor had been driving on Route 301 in Bowie when she lost control of her SUV, causing the car to go off the side of the road and hit several trees. The first responders who came to the scene have post-traumatic stress disorder now and said this was the worst scene they’ve dealt with in years. Once Taylor gets out of prison in about 18 years, she’ll have supervised probation and will need an ignition interlock system installed in her car before she can drive.
What To Know About Maryland DUI Accidents
Driving while impaired in Maryland is illegal and typically results in a misdemeanor with fines and possible jail time. But when the impaired driver causes life-threatening injuries to someone else, the criminal penalties increase to up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
And when the impaired driver causes someone’s death, he or she is facing a felony charge, often referred to as homicide by motor vehicle. The criminal penalties usually include up to five years of prison time and up to $5,000 in fines. In the case described above, the driver was facing up to 30 years in prison and ended up with 18 years for killing six people after making the horrible decision to drive impaired.
In addition to her criminal charges, she could be facing a lawsuit from the parents of the three children who died in the Maryland car accident. After all, parents of the deceased can bring a wrongful death lawsuit—even if the person they’re suing is a family member of theirs.
Hire a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
If an impaired driver in Maryland took the life of one of your loved ones, you may be able to initiate a lawsuit so you can get compensated for funeral costs, medical bills, loss of income, and more. Please contact a Maryland personal injury lawyer today to arrange an initial consultation so you can discuss the details of your case!