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Teen charged as adult in 2012 crash that killed Washington County EMS director

June 07, 2013
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EASTON, Md. — A teenager has been charged as an adult in the 2012 traffic death of Washington County Emergency Medical Services Director Brigitte Heller, police in Easton, Md., said Friday.

Jeffrey Daryl Neuman Jr., who was 17 at the time of the June 14, 2012, accident, was waived to adult status Thursday by the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office, police said in a news release.

Heller’s son, Terry Doyle, said Friday that he was “ecstatic” that authorities chose to try Neuman as an adult.

“We’ll attend the trial until the end,” Doyle said in a telephone interview.

“It’s been horrific,” he said. “It’s all coming together.”

Neuman was charged with negligent manslaughter-automobile, criminally negligent manslaughter-automobile, negligent homicide-automobile under the influence, negligent homicide-automobile while impaired, negligent homicide-automobile under the influence, driving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving vehicle while impaired by alcohol, driving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving motor vehicle with alcohol in blood in violation of restriction, negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to drive right of center, failure to control speed on highway to avoid a collision and driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed, according to the release.

Heller, 51, of Boonsboro, and her daughter, Brittany, were injured when the Nissan Xterra she was driving was hit by another vehicle on U.S. 50 near Easton.

The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. when a 2006 BMW 750Li driven by Neuman crossed the center line and struck the Xterra, the Easton Police Department said.

Brigitte Heller was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center in Baltimore, where she died June 28.

Brittany Heller was taken to Memorial Hospital in Easton and was released a few days after the crash.

Neuman was not immediately charged in the crash. Police in Easton said at the time they were awaiting results of toxicology tests and needed to consult with the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Heller was the Washington County Division of Emergency Services EMS coordinator for six years, according to her obituary.

She was the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System Region II Advisory Council president and volunteered with several local fire and EMS companies for more than 30 years.

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