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SALISBURY — A 38-year-old woman is charged in the death of her 11-year-old daughter after running off the Salisbury bypass in her Jeep while allegedly impaired by drugs.
Tabitha Dobrzynski of New Kensington, Pa., is charged with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, life-threatening injury by motor vehicle — drugs, life-threatening injury by motor vehicle — controlled dangerous substance and CDS possession — not marijuana. She also faces six traffic charges, including four driving while impaired charges.
Maryland State Police responded to the single-vehicle accident on the southbound Route 13 Bypass at 2:38 p.m. Sunday.
Dobrzynski and the four passengers in her 2004 Jeep Wrangler — the victim and three others, who are also her children — were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, according to Trooper First Class Mark Miller of the Salisbury barrack of the Maryland State Police. He said the passengers were three girls and one boy.
“Signs of impairment were observed,” Miller said about Dobrzynski.
He said these signs of impairment were allegedly exhibited at the scene and at the hospital, but he doesn’t know what kind of drugs she is suspected to have taken.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle Sunday, which overturned. Miller said an autopsy was being done on the body to determine a more precise cause of death. None of the vehicle’s other occupants had any major injuries, he said.
The three children were released to their father Sunday night, Miller said. Dobrzynski was held on $35,000 bond at the Wicomico County Department of Corrections, a DOC records clerk said on Monday.
In 2011, Wicomico County saw two fatal crashes and 65 injury crashes of a total 147 crashes in which the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to data provided by Caryn Coyle, manager of communications for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
Wicomico saw averages of four fatal crashes and 73 injury crashes of 182 crashes each year for impaired drivers, when taking into account MVA data from 2007-2011.
The state of Maryland saw an average of 167 fatal crashes and 2,822 injury crashes of 8,214 crashes each year for impaired drivers, looking at 2007-2011 MVA data. Averages have been rounded to the nearest full number.
Miller expressed how unfortunate it is when a child — or anyone — dies.
“I don’t care how many you do, it’s still a life,” he said. “We’re here to protect.”