Although a Dagsboro man’s driving was not the primary cause of a fatal accident near Berlin, Md. about 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 17, he could still be charged with crimes related to the crash, Maryland police said.
Howard L. Lynch III, 35, of Dagsboro was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana after the accident that killed the driver of the other car, Christine Bruno, 44, of Berlin and another unidentified juvenile passenger, police said.
Another passenger in Bruno’s car was critically injured in the crash, while Angela Peterson, 32 of Kensington, Md., a passenger in Lynch’s pickup truck, only suffered minor injuries, according to Maryland State Police. Lynch himself was not injured, police said.
“There are possibilities that charges will be filed,” Lt. Douglas Dods of the Maryland State Police’s Berlin barrack said last week but, “not until case is completed and presented to county.” Dods said that the accident is still under an investigation that could take months to complete.
According to a Maryland State Police release, Bruno was driving her car south from the Glen Riddle Development late Thursday when she failed to yield to oncoming traffic on Route 50. Lynch, who was driving his pickup west on Route 50, according to police, then crashed into the car, killing Bruno on impact.
Bruno’s car spun 180 degrees before resting in the median. The juvenile female passenger in the front seat of the Plymouth, who was ejected from the car, was flown to John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, where she remained unidentified and in critical condition as of late last week. The back-seat juvenile female passenger who was also unidentified as of Friday was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury the same night of the accident.
Lynch’s pickup traveled into the eastbound lane of Route 50 but escaped further damage, coming to rest in the shoulder. He was then found to be in possession of an undisclosed amount of marijuana and under the influence of alcohol, which could later be ruled as a contributory cause of the accident, Dods said.
“The car should have yielded to him. (The) primary cause of the accident is the car failed to yield,” Dods said. “(But) was he impaired enough that had he not been drinking, could he have reacted faster to avoid the collision?”
According to Dods, Lynch was being held on $5,000 bond, but he was later released. Duane Lynch, Howard Lynch’s mother, who confirmed he made bail, said she talked to her son shortly after the accident.
“His main concern was this girl in the other vehicle,” Duane Lynch said. “He said ‘I don’t think she’ll make it.’ He knows he had a praying mother. I prayed, but it didn’t spare her life.”
Howard Lynch did not return a message left by the Coastal Point with his mother.