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Guilty plea entered re drunk driving accident

A man who was accused of causing the deaths of five people was scheduled to go to trial on a recent Monday. The drunk driving accident in which he was involved occurred in Oct. 2014. The man pleaded guilty to five separate charges of negligent manslaughter, along with a slew of additional charges.

Prosecutors alleged that the defendant was driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C. suburb in Maryland when he collided with the back of a car stopped at a red light. Reportedly, he was speeding when he crashed into the back of the other vehicle. Additionally, it was reported that the man should not have been driving in the first place, as not only was he operating the vehicle with a suspended license at the time, but he had been drinking.

The crash caused the death of two sisters, as well as another adult passenger in the vehicle. Tragically, the accident also claimed the lives of two children, an infant boy and a 13-year-old girl. The two deceased sisters left behind a total of 10 children between them.

Based on the strength of the evidence against him, the defendant decided to plead guilty to the five counts of negligent manslaughter, as well as the host of other charges against him. His guilty plea will likely constitute negligence per se in any related wrongful death civil lawsuits stemming from the tragedy. Likewise, anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident in the Washington D.C. area may benefit from the legal advice of a well-informed personal injury attorney.

Source: wtop.com, "Man charged in Prince George's crash that killed 5 pleads guilty", March 27, 2017

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