Conviction in Fatal Maryland Crash Reversed on Insurance Technicality

February 29, 2016

A West Virginia woman sentenced to a year in jail for a crash that killed a 5-year-old girl has had her conviction reversed because Maryland has no criminal penalty for drivers of uninsured, out-of-state vehicles.

The Herald-Mail reports that Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley granted a defense motion for acquittal on Feb. 25 in Hagerstown, Maryland. The decision reverses Karen See’s conviction last year for knowingly driving without insurance.

Beachley says Maryland law does not provide for a criminal penalty if a driver operates an uninsured vehicle registered in another state.

See, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was charged after her SUV rear-ended a stopped car in which 5-year-old Bryer Hendricks was riding in January 2015.

See pleaded guilty last year to two traffic violations and was fined $410.

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  • March 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm
    Shari says:
    She was jailed for no insurance, not for vehicular homicide or manslaughter. She should have been charged with that. And since she had no insurance, the family has no civil ... read more
  • March 1, 2016 at 10:34 am
    BetterCallSaul says:
    Honestly this story makes me sick. I agree with Hmmmmm that this is more a statute technicality, not an insurance technicality. I am not even going to say it SEEMS unfair and ... read more
  • February 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    Hmmmmm says:
    Totally agree with you Spear....

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