Two years ago Maryland created a new crime of vehicular negligent homicide in Maryland, which allows prosecutors to seek criminal penalties when a sober-but-aggressive driver causes an accident that kills someone. As far as I know, no one has been prosecuted under this statute for killing a cyclist. But Anne Arundel County prosecutors should be seriously thinking about doing so in the case of Patricia Cunningham, an Annapolis high school coach who was killed August 21 on Riva Road.
A police officer apparently sent this account to a local cycling group:
Today a young female cyclist was killed on Riva Road…
Right at Indian Point Ct is a quick rise in the road. At its highest point you can’t see traffic coming from the other way. A van traveling possibly 40 or so mph saw the female cyclist and decided to pass her as she was going over the hill. As the van went to pass on the other side of the road a vehicle coming the other way appeared. The van immediately swerved right RIDING OVER the cyclist. I won’t go into details of her injuries. Let’s just say her shoes were knocked off her body. She died at the scene. A little patience by the driver of the van and 2 peoples lives would not be forever changed.