For Immediate Release: 12/4/17
Southwest Baltimore — Dominic McCoy pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, two counts of causing life threatening injuries while driving under the influence, and driving under the influence while transporting a minor. The sentencing hearing is set for January 31, 2018.
Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Wistoff-Ito prosecuted the case.
On September 24, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers responded to the 2800 block of Frederick Avenue for the report of a serious car accident.
A citizen reported that he was driving a 2015 Toyota 4-Runner on Frederick Avenue, as McCoy was driving—in a different vehicle—at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction. McCoy lost control of his vehicle and crossed the double line into oncoming traffic, and struck the other vehicle. There were four children in the back of McCoy’s vehicle. The children’s uncle was sitting in the passenger’s seat.
One of the children died in the collision, while another survived after being ejected from the vehicle and two others suffered life threatening injuries. The front seat passenger suffered minor injuries.
Responding officers spoke with McCoy, who admitted he was the driver of the vehicle. Police smelled alcohol on McCoy, who was staggering as he walked. He was later transported to the hospital for treatment, where his blood alcohol level was recorded at a 0.31 percent. A driver can be charged with driving under the influence if their blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher.
“As a mother, I can tell you firsthand how difficult it is to entrust others with the transportation of your minor children,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I couldn’t imagine receiving the unanticipated call that these children’s parents received following this atrocious accident, which could and should have been avoided. The act of driving intoxicated with a blood alcohol content level nearly four times the legal limit with children in the car is completely inexcusable and one that requires accountability.”