Victims of Fatal Crash Had High Alcohol Levels, Tests Show

Driver and two others who died in an Easter morning crash on Piney Orchard Parkway all tested above the legal limit.

Three people who died in a crash on Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton on March 31 were found to have alcohol in their system. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported that the driver and two passengers had blood-alcohol levels equivalent to nearly twice the legal limit. 

Toxicology information on a fourth man who survived the crash was not publicly available.  

Anne Arundel County police said David D'Augustine, 22, was driving the Subaru Impreza that struck a curb on Piney Orchard Parkway near Riverscape Road. The car left the road and crashed into a pole and two trees. D'Augustine was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner said D'Augustine had a blood-alcohol concentration equivalent to .15, nearly double the legal limit of .08.

Cousins Samuel Schindler and Katherine Warrington also also died in the crash. Police said Schindler was seated in the front passenger seat, while Warrington was in the rear left. Police said all three passengers were wearing seatbelts. 

Schindler's blood-alcohol concentration was equivalent to .17, while Warrington's was equivalent to .18. 

Michael Lee Phillips of Gambrills survived the crash and was airlifted to the Shock Trauma center in Baltimore. He was released from the hospital on April 16. 

Police have not yet completed a full investigation of the crash, though they said excessive speed was a contributing factor.

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A Phish April 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM
As one of the P.O. residents who witnessed the tragedy of this accident first hand, I'm distressed at the callous nature of my neighbors. It goes without saying that we were fortunate the accident did not harm anyone else. It goes without saying that these young people made a poor choice. What does bear saying though, is questioning the total lack of humanity and tact in labeling recently deceased as idiots in a public forum. This accident left families, friends, and fellow service members mourning the loss of three loved ones. If the root cause of this accident needs to be addressed, lets find a way to do so without misdirected anger and libel.
ljp April 20, 2013 at 01:13 PM
A Phish, Some people are ignorant and they have no compassion for the families of the victims. You can't teach sympathy but people on this website certainly know stupidity and lack of heart.
Kat April 20, 2013 at 01:22 PM
One of the contributing factors to young people driving under the influence is that there is no public transport to speak of! That doesn't excuse driving drunk and putting yourself and others at risk, but it is clearly a problem that young people (and not just young people, people in general!!) have no alternative to using their cars!! I also never see routine alcohol checks anywhere, so there is little deterrent to driving under the influence...
MM April 20, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Please, these young ones have friends and family that love them and are in horrible pain right now. No one else needs to add to that. Imagine how devastated they were Easter and now this. If you have kids take this time to talk to them about drinking and driving and about not getting in a car with some one who has been drinking. Yes, they made a poor choice and paid the ultimate price. What if it was your child and these comments were posted about them? Think what you want but don't post it. This is what is called a teachable moment - Talk to your kids, your kids friends.
bob e flay April 20, 2013 at 05:31 PM
as for the comment on public trasport how about a cab
bob e flay April 20, 2013 at 05:32 PM
or calling one of the friends and family i am not trying to be rude and i understand the family is mourning but but it bothers me that ppl are painting these ppl as saint they are not they recklesly put others at risk
The Arbiter April 20, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Is it an accident if the driver intentionally drank, got in his car and then sped down the road at an unsafe speed? Didn't he choose to do all those things?
Chris W April 20, 2013 at 07:56 PM
You may not be trying to be rude, but you are good at it without even trying.
Elizabeth Ann April 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM
I agree with your comments, but this "teachable" moments has played out over and over for years now and no one wants to be smart and grow up and act like they are responsible adults. I doubt anyone will actually get it....this will continue to happen over and over again whether it is here or in another part of this Country.
Elizabeth Ann April 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM
This has got to be the silliest comment ever. why should the Government be responsible for public transport for people who want to drink and drive? you really think a drunk is gonna stumble to a corner and wait for a bus? gonna call a cab when he cannot even stand or drive....it is called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY......something this Country seems to be lacking lately. Or better yet how about a designated driver? Here is some even better advice control what you drink. Stop blaming everyone else for their lack of common sense.
Sarah S April 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM
It's easy for you all to point blame when you did not know them. It's easy for you to call them "idiots" when you are looking at the situation from an outsider's perspective. I knew them personally and I can guarantee that if you knew them too you wouldn't be throwing around such distasteful and ignorant speeches. If they were YOUR kids or YOUR family or YOUR friends, you would approach the situation much differently.
ljp April 22, 2013 at 01:02 PM
bob e flay, Go back to school before you post here again. Your grammar is horrific and you are terribly rude and inconsiderate. People are dead and families are in mourning, can you please get a heart because karma is a bitch...
Calique April 22, 2013 at 03:24 PM
If they were MY kids or MY family or MY friends, I'd be bloody well ANGRY at them for doing this! Completely preventable, completely unnecessary. That's why people are angry. There is NO reason for this to happen.
D Stubler April 22, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Taxi? Calling a friend? Calling a family member or calling a parent for a ride woks?
TJ April 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Sarah S - if they were my friends or family, I would be angry at them. So very angry. All it took was for one of the four to stop this from happening. Just one but noone did and that is pure insanity. Call a cab. Call your 1st Sgt. Call someone and go back and get your car tomorrow. It's not that hard and not worth the price they paid.
Ella Vader April 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
TJ- well said. This was a terrible tragedy and the only thing that makes it more tragic is that it only took one person (whether it be a family member, friend or even a stranger) to tell them not to drive. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. Maybe this terrible loss can become a teachable moment for others that drinking and driving destroys lives. Also- if this were my brother, or my son I would be completely devastated. I would also be angry....and it is ok to be angry. I also shudder to think of further destruction of life had the car made it onto Patuxent (one lane) and had someone been traveling in the opposite direction.
gotohell April 22, 2013 at 09:02 PM
How does the media find out before the family is notified? Nice reporting, forgot media has no ethics
Napoleon Bonaparte April 22, 2013 at 09:21 PM
If the mission of this article was to tear off a bandaid and cause more mourning for a family--Well done. I only hope readers of this "journalism" offer prayers for the families of these victims.
Marc Riley April 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Wow. Lots of hate in here. Funny how people can sit there, all high and mighty, and judge this situation. I think it's a mistake, first of all, to put an article out there about whether or not the deceased had been drinking. It really does no good, whatsoever. We know that drinking and driving causes accidents. Would there have been a follow-up article had they been found sober? I kind of doubt it. Hey you know what else destroys lives? Texting and driving. Distracted driving, in general. Sure sure, they were drinking...two times above the legal limit. Some people have NO CLUE how easy it is to get that intoxicated. If you feel BUZZED, there is a very good chance you are already above "the legal limit". I digress...this was a horrible accident. Yah. ACCIDENT. They chose to drink, he chose to drive, but I seriously doubt the intentions of the drivers was to kill himself and his friends. I can say this...if it was my child and I came in here seeing you people talking crap about them, I'd come looking for you. One by one. So you could look me in my eyes, not hiding behind a computer screen, to see my sorrow. Would you be so bold then? I doubt it. I really doubt it. As a computer geek, I can tell you that your typed words on a computer can be traced, easily, to an IP address, and eventually to your home. When a parent has lost a child...they may feel there is nothing more to lose. Just be careful about things you say...
Marc Riley April 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM
and for the record, studies have been started, and completed, showing that texting and driving is in fact MORE DANGEROUS THAN DRINKING AND DRIVING. Unfortunately our lawmakers are too spineless and controlled to make a law where you can actually GO TO JAIL, lose your job, and pay thousands of dollars, if you are caught texting and driving. I am aware that drinking and driving is BAD...but if you people are going to crucify people who drink and drive, how about you spread some of that hatred around to the people who have their phones in their hands, AT ALL, while they're driving. It's just as dangerous...yet accepted. Half of the people in here were probably tapping their comments while cruising down the road, driving with their knees.
McGibblets April 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Thank you for blessing us with your insightfulness Marc, criticizing people who pass judgement and then you go on to pass your own judgement for 2 paragraphs.
McGibblets April 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Passing more judgement I see and resorting to name calling as well. Do provide your proof that I am not posting under my real name. I'll wait.
McGibblets April 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Its awkward to know that I am a figment of your imagination Marc, but you said it not me. Forget not that you came here to post your opinions or comments on other people's opinions and comments, under a name which I have no proof is your real name or that the picture is really you.
McGibblets April 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM
What google doesnt know doesnt exist? My your mind is showing its limitations.
McGibblets April 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM
a) I still have no proof that your real name is Marc Riley or that the picture is in fact you b) read over them all you want, viewing them as 'hatred' comments reflects more on your perception than myself. c) want to 'block people'? why can't your mind simply ignore comments that you don't want to read? d) heartless? thats quite an opinion you have for a 'figment of your imagination'
Jay April 25, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Is there a lesson to be learned? Yes, but it will happen again and again.
Earl Warrington May 12, 2013 at 05:00 AM
All: I will engage now... I will also represent the three young people who lost their lives in that accident early Easter morning and no longer have a voice or can defend themselves. Who am I you say -- I the Father of that daughter who my wife, older daughter, my grandsons or I will get a chance to spend time with or get a hug or a kiss or just exchange an I love you. I am also the uncle to a nephew who volunteered for his country as a proud service member who will not walk through the door again or participate in family vacations or reunions or engage with his other service buddies. Finally as for the driver, my two kids who lost their lives that night along with the driver where childhood friends. He too volunteer for his country and a proud service member. He can best be summed up by his collages whispering to his parents at his funeral, he was not only a gentleman and a proud Airman, but he was much more a lifetime friend.
Earl Warrington May 12, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Continued: This is the first I am reading this article and the subsequent blog entries. I am finding it strange and truly scary that so many well educated people have the time to sit on these types of sites and ask themselves that "I" have an opinion regarding a story or situation or that "I" am an instant expert when none of that is true. None of you can imagine losing a child or nephew. Many of you may have not lost a grandparent or aunt or uncle. Based on the entries, you are all naïve enough to think you can solve your problems without taking personal responsibility and through just being angry at the Government, or the kids involved, or the parents and friends that according to many of you are absent. How many of you commented on other issues in the last month? My money is that many of you troll to make some level of comment. How many of you called young people names or other authors names when you made specific comments or making a point or when your opinion was not the popular one was attacked? We can see just from this blog several of you could not resist with one using profanity.
Earl Warrington May 12, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Finally: Lets take a statement straight from the bible and straight from Jesus himself - let the first among you who are sinless cast the first stone. Well... I will be happy to meet any and all comers to have an adult discussion. But I warn you and everyone if you choose to take me on I have been in this one before. There is nothing worse than a wounded animal and I fit that bill.. My family and extended family are in morning -- True. We have chosen not to engage until now. Do not take this as a sign of weakness, but understand these young people no longer have a voice, and politicians use these situations to pray on all of you as the weak by over promising and under delivering... Don't be fooled -- but if you would like to debate -- bring it on!! God Bless each of you and may none of you share in this type of tragedy personally, and have to go through loss and morning of children with such promise. May your children and future children grow up and contribute across their lives to our great society as much as these three young people did before their lives were so tragically and quickly lost.
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