Baltimore Co., Md. -College student killed in hit-and-run by alleged drunk driver | wbaltv.com

A Goucher College student was struck and killed by a drunken driver in a hit-and-run in Baltimore County over the weekend, according to police.

Matthew Gabriel, 19, was struck by a car while crossing Dulaney Valley Road at Southerly Road around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. A car traveling northbound in the right turn lane of Dulaney Valley Road hit Gabriel as he crossed, police said, and the car kept going.

Gabriel died from his injuries at Shock Trauma on Monday morning.

Goucher College’s serene 287-acre campus skirts Dulaney Valley Road in Towson, a busy artery for drivers and pedestrians.

“Matt was a sophomore from Austin, Texas, an outstanding student, and a well-liked member of our community. He was a business management and economics double major and a key member of the men’s lacrosse team. He was also known for his larger-than-life personality and his unique sense of humor,” college President Sanford J. Ungar wrote in a letter to the campus. “The death of a student has a deep impact on a close-knit college campus like ours. This is a difficult time for all of us. I know we will come together as a community, but please, reach out for help if needed.”

Meanwhile, the driver who police said hit Gabriel was identified as Kayla Wiseman, 23, of Middle River.

“We were able to locate her. She was charged on citations with driving under the influence and hit-and-run and was released to a family member,” said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Armacost said Wiseman was at fault in the case but added that incidents involving pedestrians are on the rise in Baltimore County.

“A tragedy like this gives us an opportunity to remind people about the importance of pedestrian safety — crossing in a crosswalk, being especially careful when you’re crossing at night in the dark, as he was doing, and making sure that when you’re crossing, you’re paying full attention to what you’re doing,” Armacost said.

There is a crosswalk near the spot where Gabriel was hit, but police said he wasn’t in it.

Police said the next step for the state’s attorney’s office is to review the case and decide whether Wiseman should face stiffer charges.

via Police: Goucher College student killed in hit-and-run | Maryland News – WBAL Home.

Alma, Tex. – Suspect arrested in intoxicated vehicular manslaughter | waxahachietx.com

Ennis resident Jimmy Mendez Jr., 44, lost his life in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night. The accident took place at 9:29 p.m. on northbound Interstate Highway 45 near Alma.

Morgan Leigh McJunkin

McJunkin

“Unit one was a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle and was traveling North on I-45. Unit two, a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, was also traveling North on I-45,” Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said. “The driver of unit two failed to control his speed and struck unit one in the rear.”

Bradford said following the collision, the driver, Mendez, came to rest in the middle lane, deceased. The motorcycle was found off the roadway. The passenger of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital by air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The passenger in the SUV fled the scene and the driver of the SUV, Morgan L. McJunkin, 24, of Frisco was uninjured.

Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Steve Egan was called to the scene and pronounced Mendez deceased at 10:55 p.m. Egan ordered Mendez’s body be taken to the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office for a full autopsy.

McJunkin was arrested by DPS and booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 4:33 a.m. Sunday, April 13. She has been charged with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and driving while intoxicated – second offense. McJunkin’s bonds total $80,000 and she remains in custody at the detention center. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Troopers with DPS.

via Suspect arrested in intoxicated vehicular manslaughter – Waxahachie Daily Light: Ellis County.

Fannin Co., Ga. – Judge killed by suspected drunk driver | WRCBtv.com

One person is dead and another is in the hospital following a traffic accident Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened in Fannin County on GA 60 and Hardscrabble Road.  A 1997 Mazda Protégé being driven by 60-year-old Larry Eugene Jones,  from Morganton, was in the oncoming lane and struck a motorcycle.  The motorcycle was being driven by 53-year-old Ronald Newton, 53, from Morganton, and his wife Rita was a passenger.  Jones hit the motorcycle throwing both the driver and the passenger. Judge Newton was killed and his wife was flown to Erlanger Hospital.

Jones had been drinking and refused a state administered test.   Warrants were taken to obtain blood.  He was arrested and charged with DUI, first degree vehicular homicide; serious injury by vehicle; failure to maintain lane; and open container.

He is in the Fannin County Jail.

via Fannin Co. judge killed by drunk driver – WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports.

Dickinson, ND – Man killed in tractor crash; Drunk driving suspected | bismarcktribune.com

A Dickinson man was killed and another could face charges after a tractor crash early Friday morning.

Kyle Binstock, 29, was killed in the crash.

Justin Binstock, 35, has been released from the custody of the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson. A statement from the North Dakota Highway Patrol says he is expected to face a Class A felony charge of causing death while operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. No charges had been filed by 2 p.m. Friday.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the two men were westbound on the 11500 block of 51st Street Southwest, approximately nine miles north of New England, at 1:40 a.m. Friday in a 2014 Challenger 525C tractor. Justin Binstock was driving the tractor, left the road and entered the south ditch. The tractor struck a culvert and overturned.

Kyle Binstock was ejected from the tractor and was pronounced dead at the scene.

via Dickinson man killed in tractor crash.

Houston – Woman killed when drunk driver hits car | click2houston.com

A woman was killed when a drunk driver hit the car she was sitting in on Sunday morning.

According to investigators, at around 3:15 a.m. a group of four people was driving on North Sam Houston Parkway in a Lexus sedan.

The hood of the car, which was being held down by rope, suddenly popped open.

Officers say the woman who was driving pulled off to the right side of the road and turned on the vehicle’s hazard lights.

The driver and a man sitting in the front seat got out to secure the hood. As they were tying it down, they noticed a white pickup truck speeding toward them.

According to police, the man tried to signal the driver and warn him that he was about to hit the car. When they realized the driver wasn’t going to stop, both the man and woman jumped out of the way.

The truck slammed into the back of the Lexus, where two other passengers were still sitting in the backseat.

Investigators say the force of the impact caused a 23-year-old woman to be ejected from the car. She died at the scene of the crash.

The other woman who was sitting in the car was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The man and the woman who managed to jump out of the way weren’t injured.

Officers say the driver of the pickup truck was drunk, and would be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

via Woman killed when drunk driver hits car | News – Home.

Logan, Utah – Alcohol the cause of Thursday night’s fatal three-vehicle crash | cachevalleydaily.com

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office says alcohol was a cause in Thursday night’s crash in Millville that sent three people to the hospital. One has since succumbed to injuries received in the crash.

Alvin Henson

Alvin Henson

Lt. Mike Peterson said Alvin Henson was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail after being treated at Logan Regional Hospital. The 40-year-old Millville man is being held on charges of driving under the influence, a second-degree felony and two class B misdemeanors.

Peterson said Henson was driving a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup east on 200 South with 29-year-old Brian Schofield of Logan. The truck crossed into the westbound lane, striking a 1999 Cadillac DeVille driven by 51-year-old Clay Wilker.

Witnesses told investigators that Henson was driving very erratically and lost control of his vehicle. When deputies arrived on the scene they recognized evidence of alcohol use by both Henson and Schofield.

Randy Wirth, a 67-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in the wreck. Peterson said Wirth was driving a 1978 Suzuki motorcycle. It was announced on Saturday that Wirth has died as a result of the injuries sustained.

via Alcohol the cause of Thursday night’s three-vehicle accident – CacheValleyDaily.com : Local News. and other web sources.

DeKalb Co., Ill. – Man Charged With DUI After Fatal Crash | chicago.cbslocal.com

A man is facing charges after his car crashed early Saturday in DeKalb County, ejecting and killing a woman inside.

Tyrus M. Taylor, 19, of the 1100 block of Market Street, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to a statement from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s office.

About 3:40 a.m., a DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy was flagged down for a rolled-over vehicle at the corner of Plank and Moose Range roads, police said.

Taylor told police he was driving west on Plank Road when he lost control of his 1994 Honda Accord, police said. The car went off the road and rolled over before hitting a utility pole, police said.

Tiffany M. Taylor, 20, was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Tiffany M. Taylor is of the same address as Tyrus Taylor, but police could not specify their relationship Saturday afternoon.

The sheriff’s and coroner’s offices are investigating the incident.

via Man Charged With DUI After Fatal Crash In DeKalb « CBS Chicago.