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Posted on: September 26, 2019

THOMAS HAWKS SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOTOR VEHICLE MANSLAUGHTER

Drunk Driver Kills Three Young Children, Severely Injures Parents

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Jared McCarthy sentenced Thomas Hawks to 36, suspend all but 22 years, in prison for causing the deaths of three young children and severely injuring their parents, announced State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy

On July 1, 2019, Hawks, 28, pled guilty to three counts of motor vehicle manslaughter and two counts of causing life threatening injuries while under the influence of alcohol

Upon release, Hawks will be on supervised probation for five years, and will not be allowed to drive without an interlock device. He also must undergo alcohol counseling and complete 280 hours of community service, 56 hours per year over a period of five years

“This case is very significant in that it has changed the way in which the State’s Attorney’s Office handles motor vehicle manslaughter cases. I have taken steps to insure we are able to collect evidence needed to move forward in these cases quicker,” Braveboy said. “This incident was a parent’s worst nightmare. I applaud the Mejia family for their strength and courage to seek justice for themselves and their children.

On December 30, 2018, Hawks was driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Maryland Route 210 while under the influence of alcohol. Hawks slammed into a Honda Accord, occupied by the Mejia family. Alexis and Juana Mejia sustained life threatening injuries and their three young children, twins, Alexander and Rosalie, five years old, and their one-year old brother, Isaac, were killed

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Contact: Denise Roberts | Phone: 240-832-4970 | Email: dgroberts@co.pg.md.us


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