UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A man is on trial in Prince George’s County on a manslaughter charge in a car crash that killed his 4-year-old son.
Charles Smith of Washington went on trial Monday in Upper Marlboro on charges including negligent manslaughter and child abuse.
Prosecutors say Smith was speeding and used a turn lane to run a red light on May 9, 2013, causing a chain reaction of collisions. His 4-year-old son was unrestrained in the vehicle and was ejected, and was killed. The 7-year-old daughter of Smith’s girlfriend was also in the car and sustained minor injuries. Smith suffered a serious arm injury.
Prosecutors say Smith is believed to have been driving between 70 and 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash on Bladensburg Road.
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