On November 7th, 2008 Christopher Herman Lentz crossed the center line on U.S. Hwy 1, striking a minivan on its way to a Cub Scout retreat. Two of the four passengers in the minivan
were killed, forever changing a family.
Katherine Brady, 31, and Wilson Brady 8, were killed on that night, leaving the boy’s father and remaining son behind. Lentz was convicted of two counts of vehicular manslaughter and recently sentenced to 13 years behind bars. It is unclear at this time when he might be eligible for parole.
Lentz had no drugs or alcohol in his system, but was simply going to fast when he crossed the center line. According to this article from the Baltimore Sun, he did have some prior criminal traffic violations and even drug convictions on his record, but his license wasn’t suspended at the time of this accident. As a matter of fact, Lentz was involved in another accident only 2 hours before this fatal one occurred.
Vehicular manslaughter is a serious charge. A situation like this reaches out and affects so many people in both families as well as the community.
Criminal traffic offenses range from the extremely intense, like this one, to the relatively minor. Any offense that can result in jail time or a loss of license should be taken very seriously as it has the potential to affect your future and the future of those around you.
Whether you are accused of driving without a license, driving on suspension, or leaving the scene of an accident, a permanent mark on your criminal record should be avoided at all costs. The specifics about your case are what make a big difference in how it turns out and the type of sentence you may be facing.
If you are up against criminal traffic charges, you should not take it as lightly as a ticket or infraction. Criminal charges are far more serious and should be handled with a more delicate approach. The first rational step is contacting a defense attorney in MD to discuss your case.