Police Identify Drunk Driver That Killed an 11-Year-Old Girl

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)– Police have now identified the man who was responsible for a collision that killed an 11-year-old girl and injured three other children who were all passengers in his vehicle.

Baltimore Police say that on Saturday afternoon, 26-year-old Dominic Dewone McCoy was driving a 2000 Acura TL, going westbound at a high rate of speed in the 2800 block of Frederick Avenue, when the car crossed over the double yellow line and collided with a SUV, and spun out of control before crashing into a parked car.

Four children were passengers in the car and were all severely injured: two twin 11-year-old girls, a 9-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.

One of the 11-year-old girls, Laniera Middleton, was ejected from the vehicle and died later at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Her twin sister, along with two other children all remain in critical condition at the hospital.

It was determined the driver of the SUV was not at fault, and no one in that vehicle was injured. Additionally, no one was in the parked car that was also struck.

Police found that McCoy was driving at a high rate of speed and didn’t posses a valid drivers license.

Police did not know the relation between McCoy and the children.

Through their investigation, detectives determined the McCoy was impaired by alcohol and other contributing factors.

A 35-year-old male was in the front passenger seat with McCoy and suffered injuries, but walked out of the hospital before being discharged.

Police say CRASH Team investigators are working with the Baltimore States Attorney’s Office as formal charges were brought against Dominic Dewone McCoy. McCoy has been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and is currently at Central Booking where he is being held with a $1,250,000 bail.

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