In the early morning hours of April 13, a 19-year-old college student was hit and killed by a car as he was crossing a street. The car then fled the scene, but police found the alleged driver sometime later. The Maryland woman now faces charges in what police are considering the DUI-related death of the man.
It is not known what led police to the woman taken into custody. However, authorities found the woman and her vehicle in time to make the determination that she was impaired at the time of the crash. At this point, the driver believed to be responsible for the student's death faces charges of hit-and-run and driving under the influence. Even so, after prosecutors review the case, additional charges could be filed against the driver.
As for the victim, he initially survived the accident and was taken to an area hospital. However, he died the next day due to the injuries he had suffered. Police report that he did not cross in the crosswalk that was close to where he was found. Authorities took the opportunity to remind pedestrians to be careful when crossing roads at night and to use crosswalks.
Maryland prosecutors will have to account for how police determined that the woman was involved in this DUI-related death. Even if the vehicle she was found with or owns had sustained damage likely to occur in an accident with a pedestrian, it is the state's responsibility to put her behind the wheel of the car at the time of the accident. The current charges against her and any others that may be filed come with serious consequences, and prosecutors must convince the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman taken into custody actually committed all of them.
Source: wbaltv.com, "Police: Goucher College student killed in hit-and-run", Kerry Cavanaugh, April 15, 2014