Last night, a deadly accident occurred in Frederick County, Maryland. A Dodge Ram pick-up truck crossed over the yellow lines into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on into a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the truck, Paul Smith, 25, was heading westbound on Route 40A near Ridge Road. The driver of the Toyota, Terry Wolfe, along with a passenger, Deborah Bell, was heading eastbound on the same road when the truck drove straight into them. Rescue officials had to cut the roof off of the Toyota in order to extract the two occupants. Wolfe survived the crash, suffering non-life threatening injuries. However, his passenger was not so lucky. Deborah Bell later died at the hospital from her injuries. Smith, driver of the truck, refused medical treatment and did not go to the hospital.
Investigation of the accident shows that alcohol was a contributing factor in causing the accident. Currently, no charges have been filed against the driver, but they are pending as the investigation continues.
It is unfortunate how often drunk driving related fatal accidents occur. It is never smart to get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking. Assuming the police are correct in their belief that alcohol was involved, the driver who drove under the influence of alcohol made an irresponsible decision doing so by putting their life and the lives of others in grave danger.
If you have been arrested for a DUI/DWI it is important that you consult an experienced Maryland DUI attorney immediately because DUI is a criminal offense and carries potentially severe penalties. An experienced attorney can guide you through the court process and find any possible defenses that can either mitigate the penalties in the case, or in some instances, lead to an acquittal or dismissal.
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