Ques­tions rise in fa­tal crash case

Crash killed Calvert man; woman’s abil­ity to stand trial doubted in court

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By JESSI STICKEL jstickel@somd­news.com

A 60-year-old Hol­ly­wood woman, who is charged with man­slaugh­ter of a Broomes Is­land man while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, was found in­com­pe­tent to stand trial in Charles County Cir­cuit Court on Nov. 3.

Kelly Yvonn Young was charged with neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter, homi­cide by mo­tor ve­hi­cle and driv­ing im­paired by a con­trolled substance over two years ago.

On Oct. 8, 2015, Young

was al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of co­caine and opi­oids when she struck and killed Robert Maguire, 47, who was driv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle on Route 234 near Al­lens Fresh Road.

Maguire was pro­nounced dead on the scene, while Young was air­lifted to the hos­pi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries. Young’s leg was am­pu­tated as a re­sult of the accident. Be­cause of Young’s health is­sues, she was re­leased on a bond of $3,500, ac­cord­ing to a pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle.

Dur­ing a hear­ing Nov. 3, as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­ney Fran­cis J. Grana­dos called clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Teresa Grant to the stand to tes­tify about her

psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion of Young on Sept. 12.

Grant told the court that dur­ing her 35- to 40-minute eval­u­a­tion, she found Young “sig­nif­i­cantly de­pressed.” She said she no­ticed Young had some mem­ory is­sues, and Young told her she had been hear­ing voices.

Grant said Young took a long time to an­swer ques­tions, even ques­tions such as where she was and the cur­rent date.

She told the court the is­sues that she saw the day she eval­u­ated her would im­pair Young’s abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in court. Grant asked Young to “give a syn­op­sis of the incident she is be­ing charged with,” and said she had a dif­fi­cult time dis­cussing the incident.

Dur­ing the eval­u­a­tion, Young had a lot of “thought block­ing,” Grant said. Thought block­ing

is when a per­son has a hard time find­ing words and prob­lems ar­tic­u­lat­ing thoughts, ac­cord­ing to Grant.

“She had a hard time en­gag­ing within the 35-40 min­utes I had her in the room,” Grant said.

Grant said com­pe­tency is fluid and at the time she eval­u­ated Young she found her in­com­pe­tent be­cause of “med­i­cal and un­treated psy­chi­atric is­sues.”

She told the court she would like to see Young get neu­ro­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions and for her to be as­signed to a psy­chi­a­trist. She said these eval­u­a­tions could help the court un­der­stand how Young is func­tion­ing; how­ever, a full eval­u­a­tion could take up to six weeks to com­plete.

If a per­son is us­ing drugs at the time of the eval­u­a­tion, it can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact the eval­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Grant.

Grana­dos told the court that his con­cern is to get the case mov­ing.

“If we can get her com­pe­tent, let’s get her com­pe­tent be­cause this case has been pend­ing for a long time,” Grana­dos told the court.

He ex­plained that the fam­ily of the de­ceased vic­tim has been “wait­ing and wait­ing” on this trial.

“If she has had these psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues and they are as se­ri­ous as she is say­ing, why is she not see­ing a psy­chol­o­gist?” Grana­dos said.

Grana­dos told the court the state is ask­ing that Young get these rec­om­mended neu­ro­log­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions as soon as pos­si­ble on an in­pa­tient ba­sis to re­ceive a full and re­li­able eval­u­a­tion in or­der to see where they should go from there.

Young’s at­tor­ney, Der­rick

John­son, said Young has many health is­sues that she is cur­rently deal­ing with; how­ever, he agreed to have Young be ad­mit­ted to com­plete the eval­u­a­tions.

Judge H. Jay West said he had two ma­jor con­cerns with the case: “Is [Young] abus­ing co­caine [cur­rently]?” he asked, and if the ap­point­ments are not made as soon as pos­si­ble, it could de­lay the case, pos­si­bly six months fur­ther.

West said he finds Young in­com­pe­tent to stand trial; how­ever, he sched­uled to meet back in court Nov. 29 to al­low Young to com­plete a drug test and to dis­cuss the pro­gres­sion of Young’s med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

West said he is not rush­ing the trial, but he wants to see the sense of ur­gency “stepped up.”

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