Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is never a good idea, and it can not only put your life in danger, but it can also harm other drivers on the road. Recently, Dominique R. Taylor (33 years old), was convicted of killing six passengers while driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Alcohol-impaired driving kills hundreds of people every year and is considered a severe crime in almost every country on the face of the planet. Dominique R. Taylor tried pleading guilty for motor vehicle manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
At 4 am on February 2, 2019, Taylor was at a house party, where she consumed twice the amount to legal alcohol. According to Maryland State Police, when Taylor left the party, she had five children (two of her own and three of her cousins) and one adult with her in the car, and she was legally not allowed to drive with that much alcohol in her system.
According to the prosecutors, during the driving, she lost control of her SUV and rammed it into a tree. This tossed the five kids out of the window in the nearby snowy field. The local law enforcement authorities and prosecutors also added that the kids were between the ages of 5 and 15, and were not wearing any seatbelts at the time of the accident. All five kids died on the scene due to the injuries, whereas the adult passenger died at the hospital.
Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Rush further mentioned to the judge that the first witnesses of the crime scene were shocked. Post-traumatic stress disorder is most likely to occur after such scene, because of horrible detail they saw at this crime scene. She said, “They all, even the 20-year veterans, described this as the worst scene of their careers. When we were talking with them, we could see them replaying it in their minds.”
Taylor not only apologized to everyone in the courtroom but also mentioned that “I don’t even deserve to be alive.”
Initially, she was facing a punishment of up to 30 years in prison. However, the judge only gave her 18 years of sentence in prison. The case concluded on Friday, and Taylor is currently serving her time behind bars. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol claims hundreds of lives every year, and it is our job to be careful at all times.