Woman in­dicted for fa­tal crash

Al­legedly drove un­der in­flu­ence of oxy­codone, co­caine

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A Hol­ly­wood woman was in­dicted last Fri­day for neg­li­gent ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter stem­ming from an Oc­to­ber crash in Charlotte Hall in which she al­legedly swerved into on­com­ing traf­fic and col­lided with a man riding a mo­tor­cy­cle, killing him.

Pro­sec­tors al­leged in court that

Kelly Yvonn Young, 59, had been driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of oxy­codone and co­caine, based on blood tests con­ducted shortly af­ter the Oct. 8 ac­ci­dent that killed Robert Maguire, 47, of Broomes Is­land.

Around 7:59 p.m. on Oct. 8, Mary­land State Po­lice troop­ers re­sponded to Route 234 near Al­lens Fresh Road for a re­ported traf­fic col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Young had been trav­el­ing west­bound on Route 234 in a Chevro­let Ca­maro as Maguire trav­eled east­bound on a Har­ley-Davidson mo­tor­cy­cle. Young then swerved across the di­vid­ing dou­ble-line into on­com­ing traf­fic and col­lided with Maguire, eject­ing him from his mo­tor­cy­cle. Af­ter the col­li­sion, the Ca­maro re­mained in the road with no lights on, caus­ing a Ford F-250 pickup truck trav­el­ing east­bound to collide into the side of the Ca­maro. Maguire was pro­nounced dead on the scene, while Young was trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal via he­li­copter with non­life threat­en­ing in­juries.

On Tues­day, Young ap­peared in Charles County Cir­cuit Court for the first time for bond re­view in front of Judge James West. Young, who had her leg am­pu­tated from the knee as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, was wheeled into the court­room.

As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Fran­cis Grana­dos told the court that Young’s boyfriend had been fol­low­ing her in a sep­a­rate ve­hi­cle that night, and at the crash site he told a trooper that Young takes pre­scrip­tion pain med­i­ca­tion, but it usu­ally doesn’t af­fect her like that. While hospi­tal­ized from the ac­ci­dent, Young tested pos­i­tive for oxy­codone and co­caine, Grana­dos said.

“I was on my pain meds,” Young told West be­fore she was cut off by her at­tor­ney.

Due to the con­stant med­i­cal care needed for Young, West set bond at $3,500.

A tar­get trial date was sched­uled for Jan. 9.

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