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Man sentenced to 22 years in jail for vehicle accident that killed Baltimore women

Posted at 7:27 PM, Jan 30, 2020

BALTIMORE — A man has been sentenced to 22 years for a head-on vehicle accident that killed a Baltimore woman who was driving home from work.

Ryan Hazel was sentenced to 22 years to be served consecutively with a February 2019 conviction for the automobile manslaughter of Margaret Hall, for which he received a 10 year sentence.

On August 10, 2017, Hazel was driving a Nissan Maxima with the owner as his passenger. Officers tried to pull over the vehicle near the 1600 block of West Lexington Street for driving without headlights.

When the officer got out of his police car to approach Hazel, he immediately sped off. Officers pursued Hazel for a short period, but abandoned the effort to avoid a dangerous accident.

Hazel continued to speed down South Mount Street while ignoring all traffic control devices leading to a fatal head-on collision with Hall. Although both vehicles were heavily damaged, Hall suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the collision, she was traveling home from work after her work shift ended at the hospital.

Hazel tried to run from the vehicle, but fell about 25 feet from the crime scene.

Police recovered approximately 21 grams of heroin; 2.5 grams of cocaine; 3 oxycodone pills; 2.5 pills of alprazolam; 12 grams of caffeine (mixing agent); and a scale from Hazel’s satchel bag inside the vehicle. The satchel bag also had a loaded 9mm glock handgun with a total of 35 bullets in an illegal 50 round capacity magazine.

He was sentenced on 11 counts of:

  • possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • possession with intent to distribute cocaine
  • possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime
  • possession of heroin
  • possession of cocaine
  • possession of alprazolam
  • possession of oxycodone
  • wear carry transport a handgun in a vehicle
  • unlawfully receiving a detachable magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds
  • fleeing and eluding police in an automobile
  • possession of drug paraphernalia