MD § 2-210. Manslaughter by vehicle or vessel – Criminal negligence.

State: Maryland

CRIMINAL LAW
TITLE 2. HOMICIDE
SUBTITLE 2. MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER

Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 2-210 (2013)

§ 2-210. Manslaughter by vehicle or vessel – Criminal negligence.

(a) “Vehicle” defined. – In this section, “vehicle” includes a motor vehicle, streetcar, locomotive, engine and train.

(b) Prohibited. – A person may not cause the death of another as a result of the person’s driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle or vessel in a criminally negligent manner.

(c) Criminal negligence. – For purposes of this section, a person acts in a criminally negligent manner with respect to a result or a circumstance when:

(1) the person should be aware, but fails to perceive, that the person’s conduct creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such a result will occur; and

(2) the failure to perceive constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that would be exercised by a reasonable person.

(d) Exception. – It is not a violation of this section for a person to cause the death of another as the result of the person’s driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle or vessel in a negligent manner.

(e) Violation. – A violation of this section is criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle or vessel.

(f) Penalty. – A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.