Bowie man given 2-year sentence in accident

March 11, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A Bowie man was sentenced yesterday to two years in jail by an Anne Arundel Circuit judge for causing a traffic accident in Gambrills last May that killed a 76-year-old Crofton woman.

Alfredo R. Martinez, 47, of the 8200 block of Quill Point Drive also was ordered by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. to serve five years' probation and perform 250 hours of community service.

Judge Thieme said Martinez, who works at a McDonald's restaurant near his home, could serve the sentence as a work-release prisoner in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Martinez pleaded guilty Dec. 13 to homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated.

He was driving his 1984 Datsun 200SX east on Defense Highway about 5 p.m. May 27 when his car crossed the center line, sideswiped a truck and struck head-on a 1988 Dodge Aries being driven west by Dorothy Uhl of the 1700 block of Aberdeen Circle, according to court records.

Mrs. Uhl, a mother of five and grandmother of six, was flown by state police helicopter to Prince George's General Hospital, where she died about five hours later.

Martinez, who was treated for minor injuries at Anne Arundel General Hospital, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 shortly after the accident, Assistant State's Attorney M. Virginia Miles said. The state standard for driving while intoxicated is 0.10.

State sentencing guidelines recommended a term of between three months and four years, Judge Thieme said.

Peter O'Neill, Martinez' lawyer, said his client had no criminal record, has been married 26 years, is a father of two and has worked steadily throughout his adult life.

"To say that I'm sorry doesn't really say enough, but I can tell you very honestly that I'm extremely remorseful," Martinez told Judge Thieme.

Mrs. Uhl's children said they will always miss their mother and that drunken drivers who kill should face more severe penalties.

"She had qualities that other people could only dream of, and the world really is less of a place because she's no longer part of it," said Barbara Gill, Mrs. Uhl's oldest daughter.

"How many more people have to be killed before the law is changed, so that the punishment fits the crime?"

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