wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35
FOOTBALL FRENZY: Tucker Lifts Ravens Over Saints 22-13 | Read StoryStats & Recaps | Play The Pro Football Challenge | Ravens News | Upload Your Purple Pride Photos | Knockout Pool

Local

Family Of Man Killed In Accident Outraged After Woman Fined $500 In Plea Deal

View Comments
Jonathan Roberts
Derek Valcourt 370x278 Derek Valcourt
Derek Valcourt began working at WJZ in September 2002. His first major...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

POEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The ControversialPOEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The Controversial

Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.

Top Celebrities On TwitterTop Celebrities On Twitter

Ranking Stephen KingRanking Stephen King

Famous Women Who Underwent Double MastectomiesFamous Women Who Underwent Double Mastectomies

» More Photo Galleries

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Outrage from the family of a Virginia man killed in a car accident after prosecutors offered a plea deal to the Maryland driver who caused his death.

Derek Valcourt explains the victim’s family says they’ve been wronged.

At first, prosecutors said they could prove the defendant was texting while driving but the victim’s family says that driver is now getting away with little more than a slap on the wrist.

“I’m mad. I’m really mad,” said the victim’s grandmother, Carol Meloy.

The family of 30-year-old Jonathan Roberts thought the driver who caused the young father’s death would get some jail time.

Prosecutors originally said they could prove Elizabeth Meyers, 21, was texting her mother at the time of the March 2013 crash on Route 3 in Gambrills. She was charged with negligent manslaughter, reckless driving, negligent driving and texting while driving. But Meyers accepted the prosecutor’s plea, allowing her to plead guilty only to negligent driving and pay a $500 fine.

“To give somebody a $500 fine for a life–that’s just not fair. How are you going to say that somebody’s life is just worth $500?” said the victim’s girlfriend, Jessica Cooper.

“We’ve spoken with the family. We’ve tried to explain to them the situation that we’re in,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt-Leitess.

Colt-Leitess blames problems with the case on a key witness who described seeing Meyers texting seconds before the accident.

“Even though he was a very credible witness when we first interviewed him, his statement changed completely and was actually contradicted with the physical evidence and the evidence in Ms. Meyers’ car,” she said.

But that’s not good enough for the victim’s family.

“They needed to bring in the witnesses; they needed to bring in the evidence,” Meloy said. “Let the jury or the judge make that call.”

During Monday’s hearing at the courthouse, Jonathan Roberts’ mother spoke directly to Meyers.

“I wanted her to understand the pain she has brought to this family and what she has taken from us and what she has taken from my granddaughter,” said Barbara Hartle.

In court, Meyers said nothing and showed no remorse.

The victim’s family worries she hasn’t learned her lesson. Just last month while waiting for her court date, Meyers was pulled over again in Anne Arundel County for going 30 miles over the posted speed limit.

With the criminal case over, the victim’s family is now pushing ahead with a civil case against Meyers and her mother. That case should begin early next year.

Other Local News:

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,185 other followers