For Immediate Release 6/20/2017
Southeast Baltimore—Terrell Watts, age 20, pled guilty to Second Degree Assault, Transporting a Handgun in a Vehicle, Illegal Possession of a Handgun, Fleeing and Eluding Causing Bodily Injury, and Hit and Run Causing Bodily Injury—stemming from his flight from the police that resulted in a collision with a car occupied by a family of four.
Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Mark Gurzo was specifically assigned to this case.
On January 10, 2017, late afternoon, two officers observed a Green BMW—operated by Watts—travelling Northbound in the 200 block of South Caroline Street. After Watts failed to use a right turn signal as he turned onto East Pratt Street, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Watts took off, running a red light in the 1900 block of East Pratt Street where he struck a Toyota Camry occupied by a family of four.
A father was travelling with his mother, one-year-old daughter and five-year-old son when Watts struck their vehicle as he evaded police. As a result of the collision, the mother of the driver and grandmother of the two small passengers was ejected headfirst through the rear window of the Camry. Due to the impact of the initial collision, her head and upper body subsequently went through the rear window of a parked vehicle into which the Camry was pushed. She suffered serious injuries including 11 fractured ribs, seven fractured vertebrae, a fractured right shoulder, a six-inch gash in her head requiring stitches, and multiple fractures to her face; as well as swelling to her brain.
After the collision, Watts exited the vehicle, dropping a loaded handgun. Baltimore Police officers quickly apprehended Watts and took him into custody.
ASA Gurzo was able to secure a plea to five of the most significant counts in the indictment for a total sentence of 20 years, suspending all but seven years’ incarceration and a period of three years supervised probation upon release.
"This was quite a remarkable plea,” said Jennifer Hastings, Chief of the Misdemeanor Unit, as she commended ASA Gurzo. "Because of his meticulous preparation and strong rapport with the victims, Mr. Gurzo was able to ensure a just outcome in this case.”
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby also praises ASA Gurzo for his work.
“I want to thank ASA Gurzo for his thoroughness and care in the way he handled this investigation,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This family should have never fallen victim and experienced this horrible accident. I pray they make a full recovery, and am thankful that Watts will not be able to put another family in harm’s way any time soon.”