Driver faces charges in fatal crash, but not in death of woman

Cory Scott Kuczynski's charges include counts of causing life-threatening injuries while DUI

February 10, 2011|By DON AINES |

A Hagerstown man has been charged in connection with a three-vehicle crash in 2010 that killed a Delaware woman, but he was not charged in her death.

Cory Scott Kuczynski, 25, of 17544 Gay St., was charged with two counts of causing life-threatening injuries while driving under the influence, failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury and eight other offenses in criminal informations filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court by the State's Attorney's Office.

However, he is not charged in the death of Danielle R. Paikin, 20, of Newark, Del., in the May 6, 2010, crash on Sharpsburg Pike near Dunker Church Road, according to court documents.

"He is not charged in her death because, after our review of the case, the State's Attorney's Office, together with the investigating officers of the Maryland State Police, do not believe we can present a case beyond a reasonable doubt that he was responsible for her death," Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Thursday.

"She died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision, collectively," said Kessell, noting there were two different impacts in the crash.

The Maryland motor vehicle accident report said William James Turner, 20, of Sharpsburg was southbound on Sharpsburg Pike at about 1 a.m. when the 1982 Dodge Diplomat he was driving crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 1993 Buick Century driven by Lauran David Dwyer, 22, of Clear Spring.

Following that collision, a Nissan Maxima driven by Kuczynski struck the passenger side of the Buick, which was stopped in the road, the accident report said. Kuczynski then fled the scene, the report said.

Paikin was a passenger in Dwyer's vehicle, the report said.

The investigation was "unable to determine within a reasonable medical certainty which collision caused her death," Kessell said.

Kuczynski, Turner, Lauran Dwyer and his passenger, Joseph William Dwyer, 25, of Clear Spring, were injured in the accident. The counts related to causing life-threatening injuries named Joseph Dwyer as the victim.

No charges have been filed against Turner and Lauran Dwyer, Kessell said. He would not comment on whether either driver will be charged in the crash.

Kuczynski next scheduled court appearance is March 17, according to court records.

The other charges against Kuczynski include causing a life-threatening injury while impaired by alcohol; two separate counts of driving under the influence of alcohol; driving while impaired by alcohol; failure of a vehicle driver involved in an accident involving bodily injury to render reasonable assistance; failure of a driver involved in an accident causing bodily injury to furnish identification and registration number; failure to report the accident to the nearest police; and negligent driving.

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