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Defendant's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the fatal accident

Northwest Baltimore (January 28, 2020) – Barry Samuels, 46, was sentenced to four years, two of which were suspended, and three years’ probation to be supervised by the Drinking Driver Monitor Program, for criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter and driving while under the influence. A Baltimore City jury found Samuels guilty of the death of 21-year-old Darrin Waters during a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 21, 2019.

Assistant State’s Attorney David Owens prosecuted the case.

The victim was operating a 2008 Honda motorcycle southbound on Reisterstown Road around 10:00 p.m., when Samuels, who was driving a Nissan Rogue northbound, turned left toward the parking lot of Joe’s Place Bar, failing to yield the right-of-way to the motorcycle.  Samuels did not complete his turn and stopped across the south-bound lanes of Reisterstown Road.  The victim initiated his front brake, in response to Samuels’ actions, which then catapulted him off of the motorcycle and into the passenger-side rear quarter panel of the Nissan Rogue.  A portion of the incident was captured on security video. The victim was taken to Shock Trauma where he succumbed to his injuries.

At the scene of the collision, BPD’s Accident Investigation Unit spoke with Samuels and detected an odor of alcohol on his breath.  Samuels consented to perform a standardized field sobriety test, which indicated he was under the influence with a blood alcohol count of .16, twice the legal limit for intoxication.

“There is no way to console a family that has lost a child as a result of drunk driving,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “But it is my hope that the sentences my prosecutors secure in cases such as this will prevent individuals from ever getting behind the wheel while intoxicated again. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Darrin Waters.”