Questions rise in fatal crash case
Crash killed Calvert man; woman’s ability to stand trial doubted in court
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.”