Laurel Woman Sentenced to over Four Years in Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter

Had a .09 Percent Blood Alcohol Level

March 17, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Kristen Deanna Smith, age 33, of Laurel, Maryland, yesterday to 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for involuntary manslaughter in connection with a car crash on October 31, 2009, in which Jabari Outtz, the passenger in the car Smith was driving, was killed.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief Teresa Chambers of the U.S. Park Police.

According to evidence presented at Smith’s one-day trial, on October 31, 2009, Smith was driving southbound on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Shortly before 3:30 a.m., as she approached the ramp to Route 50, Smith lost control of the car, which struck a stone wall and flipped several times, finally coming to rest on its side. A person who stopped to assist at the scene testified that she noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Smith.

Smith’s passenger, Jabari Outtz, who was 31 at the time, was killed as a result of the accident. Smith was taken to the hospital for treatment. About 2 hours and 40 minutes after the collision, U.S. Park Police officers obtained a blood sample from Smith, which indicated a blood alcohol level of .09 percent.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the United States Park Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Hollis R. Weisman, who prosecuted the case.

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