An Upperco, MD, woman was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for a fatal drunk driving-related traffic accident that occurred in 2008. According to reports, 65-year-old Mary Ann Farevagg received the sentence in a Baltimore County court. I and my firm, Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, have handled dozens of wrongful death cases stemming from car collisions. Drunk driving is one of the more common causes of on-road fatalities, something that police and legislators have bee trying to combat over the years.
In this instance, Ms. Farevaag apparently entered a guilty plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the December 16, 2008, car crash that killed 47-year-old Richard Daniel of Hampstead, Maryland. According to news reports, Daniel was riding in a second vehicle driven by his mother Sara Daniel, 72, who was critically injured in the head-on collision. Court records show that Sara Daniel sustained life-threatening injuries that required extensive in-hospital treatment.
The accident occurred on Black Rock Road near Trenton Road in Baltimore County, about a mile from Farevagg’s home. Prosecutors said that the vehicle Farevaag was driving crossed the center line at 8:40am and struck the Daniel’s car first, then hit several other vehicles before ending up in a nearby field.
Police reports indicated that Farevaag’s blood alcohol level, which was tested two hours after the accident, was at 0.25 percent — more than three times the legal limit in Maryland.
After pleading guilty to one count of automobile manslaughter and one count of causing a life-threatening injury while under the influence of alcohol, Farevaag was sentenced by Judge Susan Souder to 10 years in prison with all but five suspended on the manslaughter charge. She was also sentenced to an additional three years in jail on the charge of causing life-threatening injuries. The court ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.
Upperco woman sentenced to eight years for auto manslaughter, ExploreBaltimoreCounty.com, September 22, 2009