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Maryland woman pleads guilty in DUI-related death

Many Maryland parents never get over losing a child. That pain could only be made worse if that parent is the cause of that child's death. One woman lost her child in a DUI-related death, and she recently pleaded guilty to being the drunk driver that took her daughter's life.

Not only was the woman's daughter killed, but her daughter's boyfriend was critically injured as well. The woman was driving on the night of Oct. 11 last year when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Her daughter was taken to a local hospital where she died four days later. The other occupant of the vehicle, the daughter's boyfriend, suffered a brain injury and spent numerous weeks in the hospital before he was sent to a rehabilitation center.

The woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injures and initially blamed the accident on a blown tire. An inspection of the vehicle revealed that none of the tires had blown. Police determined that the accident had been caused by texting, alcohol consumption and failure to pay attention to the road. The woman's blood alcohol was said to be .09 on the night of the accident, and in Maryland, there is a distinction between a driving while impaired blood alcohol level of .07 and a driving under the influence blood alcohol level of 0.08; the higher blood alcohol level is a more serious charge. The woman may have felt that pleading guilty to charges relating to the accident was in her best interest.

The woman charged in the DUI-related death of her own daughter may end up being serving a five year sentence with two years suspended if the prosecutor's recommendations are accepted by the court. However, any prison term the woman serves will pale in comparison to the fact that she will spend her life knowing that she is responsible for her daughter's death and the serious injuries sustained by her daughter's boyfriend. Sometimes, the prisons people make for themselves could never be matched by anything the state could do.

Source: cecildaily.com, Cecilton woman pleads guilty in crash that killed daughter, injured friend, Carl Hamilton, Sept. 8, 2013

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