Man High on PCP Convicted in Fatal Car Crash

By Peter DePaolis

Last month, a DC Superior Court convicted a 35-year-old man of one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault. The conviction stems from an accident last April, in which the man slammed his Dodge Ram into another vehicle containing a 37-year-old woman and her four children. The woman died and her four children survived with injuries. The children are ages two, six eight and 11, respectively.

The driver told police that he did not recall getting behind the wheel of his van before the accident. However, he did remember purchasing PCP-laced cigarettes with a friend earlier in the day. Once behind the wheel, he drove south on Alabama Avenue SE. His van crossed over and slammed into the wife and mother’s Toyota Camry. The man tested positive for PCP after the accident.

He was driving his van 52 mph in a 25-mph zone at the time of impact. It took rescue workers 45 minutes to remove the female victim from her vehicle. In exchange for the driver’s plea, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges against him. He still faces up to 50 years in prison if sentenced outside the plea. His sentencing will be in March.

If you suffer injury in an automobile accident, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can help. Contact David M. Schloss, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

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.