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Drunk driver sentenced for vehicular manslaughter of biker in Park Heights area

Posted at 7:31 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 19:31:33-05

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore City jury has found a man guilty after killing a victim while driving drunk, back in 2019.

According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney Office, 21-year-old Darrin Waters was riding a 2008 Honda motorcycle while going southbound on Reisterstown Road around 10:00 p.m., on June 21.

That's when 46-year-old Barry Samuels, made a left turn, while driving northbound, into the Joe's Place Bar parking lot taking, Waters' right-of-way. Officials said, Samuels did not complete the turn rater stopping in the southbound lanes.

Reports state that Waters hit his front breaks then flew off his bike, into the passenger side rear panel of Samuels' SUV.

When officers arrived on the scene, police smelled alcohol on the suspects breath. He agreed to to a sobriety test, which indicated he was under the influence with a blood alcohol count of .16, twice the legal limit for intoxication.

Samuels was sentenced to four years, two of which were suspended, and three years’ probation to be supervised by the Drinking Driver Monitor Program, for criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter and driving while under the influence.