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Man charged in death of EMS director was stopped for speeding the same night

June 10, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Jeffrey Daryl Neuman Jr.
Jeffrey Daryl Neuman Jr.

The man charged with causing the traffic accident that resulted in the death of Washington County Emergency Medical Services Director Brigitte Heller last year was pulled over for speeding a little more than an hour before the fatal collision occurred, according to Maryland online court records.

Jeffrey Daryl Neuman Jr., 18, of 14800 View Way Court in Glenelg, Md., was stopped in Worcester County by Maryland State Police at about 6:16 a.m. on June 14, 2012. The trooper from the Berlin barrack who made the stop on U.S. 50 near Snow Hill issued him a citation alleging he was driving 86 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, the website casesearch.courts.state.md.us shows.

About 75 minutes later and roughly 70 miles away, the BMW that Neuman was driving crossed the center line on U.S. 50 in Talbot County and crashed into the SUV being driven by Heller, police allege.

Online court records show that Neuman pleaded guilty to the speeding charge on Aug. 22, 2012, and was fined $290.

Heller’s son, Terry Doyle, said Monday that he heard about the speeding citation through his attorney.

State police 1st Sgt. David Sharp of the Berlin Barrack said Monday that he was told by the state police Office of Media Communications that, due to legal constraints, he couldn’t comment on Neuman’s traffic stop because the case was ongoing.

Sharp referred questions to prosecutors in Talbot County, where the accident involving Heller occurred.

Henry Dove, senior trial counsel for the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office, said he couldn’t comment on the matter.

Police initially did not release Neuman’s name because he was 17 at the time of the accident.

At a June 3, 2013, hearing in Talbot County Circuit Court, Judge Broughton M. Earnest ordered the case to be transferred from juvenile court and Neuman to be tried as an adult.

Neuman has been charged with negligent manslaughter, criminal negligent manslaughter vehicle, negligent homicide auto under influence, negligent homicide while impaired, negligent homicide under influence of alcohol per se, 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, negligent driving,  reckless driving, failure to drive right of center and failure to control vehicle speed on highway to avoid collision.

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

The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. when the 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, 2012.

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

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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