Driver Ditches Car and Passengers in Fatal Accident

By Peter DePaolis

The unwritten social contract tells us that when we drive a car on public streets, we must take responsibility for our actions. We are responsible not only for ourselves, but for any passengers we might take on, as well as pedestrians and other drivers around us.

Not all drivers seem to understand or care about this concept, however, and sometimes that leaves us with unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries.

rear-end automobile accidentAuthorities in Prince George’s County are seeking a man who fled the scene of a fatal car accident in Brandywine. He was barreling down McKendree Road in a Ford Mustang when he lost control, ramming into a utility pole.

When police arrived, they found the driver had fled, but his passenger died after being thrown from the car. Eyewitnesses saw the driver running away on foot.

A second passenger, in the backseat, survived the crash, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

There has been no indication as to whether or not alcohol was a factor in the crash. When a driver kills his passenger and then leaves his injured friend behind, however, it is fair to assume that drunkenness might have caused some unbelievably serious lapses in judgment.

This driver will certainly be located and identified, and should face the strongest of charges in this matter. We cannot tolerate this kind of carelessness and negligence on our roads.

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Did You Know? In criminology, the act of fleeing the location where one has broken a law in order to avoid apprehension is called a crime scene getaway. If a motor vehicle is used for the getaway, then the new vehicle becomes a new crime scene.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.