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Repeat drunk driver convicted in deadly fiery crash in Ocean City

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 12:53:57-05

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WMAR) — A Cockeysville man has been convicted in a fiery crash that left another man dead this past June in Ocean City.

Todd Pivec, 41, was found guilty of negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle and driving a vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock.

It was 1 a.m. on June 21, when a bartender called police to report that a man was trying to drive drunk on Coastal Highway near 94th Street.

Officers already in the area spotted the car and tried to pull it over.

The driver, later identified as Pivec wouldn't stop and continued accelerating at a high rate of speed, even though it was raining heavily outside.

Officer's were unable to keep up and lost sight of the car. Shortly after, Pivec ended up crashing into the back of another car driven by Siefeldawla Alfaki, causing that vehicle to slam into the Satellite Cafe near 46th Street.

Alfaki's car then ignited in flames, trapping him inside killing him.

After colliding with Alfaki's car, Pivec flipped his vehicle and hit a light pole.

Pivec then tried crawling out of the vehicle and running away, but was caught by officers.

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He was taken to a hospital, where his blood alcohol content was found to be more than double the legal limit.

An investigation revealed Pivec's car was traveling around 93 mph before crashing into Alfaki.

At the time of the deadly crash, Pivec's license was suspended due to several past drunk driving offenses. He also didn't have a required ignition interlock device installed in the car.

Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Beau H. Oglesby postponed sentencing until February 14, 2020 so that a pre-sentence investigation can be conducted.