On November 16, 2013, Tabitha Dobrzynski, age 39, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, was convicted of Criminally Negligent Manslaughter by Vehicle and related charges by a Wicomico County judge. The charges against Dobrzynski arose out of a single vehicle accident wherein Dobrzynski was the driver. Dobrzynski was found to be under the influence of prescription medication while transporting her four minor children from West Virginia to Maryland. After taking a combination of prescription medication, Dobrzynski fell asleep at the wheel, causing her soft top Jeep Wrangler to overturn and roll multiple times in a single vehicle accident. Dobrzynski’s 11 year old daughter was seated in the middle back seat of the Jeep where there was no seat belt. The Jeep was only a four passenger vehicle. The unbelted 11 year old minor was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of injuries from the crash. The rollover occurred at the Rt. 13 Bypass Southbound, at mile marker 13. On March 20, 2014, Dobrzynski was sentenced by a Wicomico County judge to three years in the Division of Corrections, the maximum penalty for Criminally Negligent Manslaughter. Dobrzynski received separate sentences for driving with minors while under the influence of drugs, which were run concurrent with the 3 years for the Manslaughter.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Maryland State Police and Tfc. Mark Miller and Tfc. Justin Zimmerman for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Maciarello also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz who prosecuted the case.
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