Hopkins doctor is charged with auto manslaughter

November 02, 2006|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,sun reporter

A Johns Hopkins doctor charged with automobile manslaughter after prosecutors allege he drove the wrong way on Interstate 83 and killed a 22-year-old woman was released on his own recognizance yesterday after a bail review hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Dr. Todd Brinsley Sheridan of the 2900 block of Fallstaff Road in Northwest Baltimore has an arraignment set for Dec. 8. Sheridan, 30, will spend the next eight to 12 weeks in an alcohol treatment center for professionals in Pennsylvania, his lawyer, Craig Kadish, said during the court proceeding. Sheridan will not be at the arraignment, Kadish said.

Prosecutors say that Sheridan was leaving a Hopkins function in Fells Point about 2 a.m. July 8 when he drove up the wrong ramp on the North Avenue entrance to the Jones Falls Expressway. Sheridan drove north in the southbound lanes and crashed into a car driven by Letrice Nicole Smith, who was rushed to Sinai Hospital and eventually released, prosecutors say.

Two weeks later, Smith died of a blood clot that prosecutors say stemmed from the accident.

Sheridan was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore the night of the wreck and has since recovered from his injuries, his lawyer said. A passenger in the victim's car also was taken to Shock Trauma and survived the accident.

Sheridan was previously convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2004. He served 18 months of probation that ended eight days before the accident.

Sheridan has been at Hopkins since 2002, when he became a resident at the hospital, his lawyer said. The doctor is listed on the Johns Hopkins Web site as a member of the hospital staff and an assistant in the medical school's department of pathology. Kadish said his client's contract runs through 2007.

A Hopkins spokeswoman said the hospital is reviewing the matter and that it is too early to determine whether any action will be taken against Sheridan.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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