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