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Drunk driver sentenced to 13-years for deadly 2019 crash

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 12:14:55-05

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WMAR) — A Glen Burnie man has been sentenced to 13-years behind bars for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a man.

In March 2019, Brandon E. Hinkley, 40, was driving on I-195 when he collided head-on with a Nissan occupied by Selvin Lopez and Rosman Canales.

The crash caused Hinkley's to spin and hit another vehicle.

On scene troopers saw that Hinkley had glassy blood shot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Bottles of whiskey and bourbon liquor were found in his car.

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He later was found to have a blood alcohol level .16, double the legal limit.

Canales died at an area hospital, while Lopez suffered serious injuries.

"The life of Mr. Canales was taken too soon because Hinkley decided to get behind the wheel of his vehicle while intoxicated," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. "It's my hope that the sentence provides the family with some comfort as they continue to heal from such a tragic event."