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Woman Who Crashed Into Maryland Restaurant, Killing Man, to Be Released From Prison

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    Car Crashes Into Maryland Restaurant During Lunchtime

    News4's Tracee Wilkins reports from outside a restaurant in Upper Marlboro. A quiet lunch hour turned to chaos when a driver lost control.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017)

    A woman convicted of manslaughter for plowing into a Maryland restaurant will be released from prison and moved into home detention monitoring.

    Vernelle Robinson was sentenced in May to a year in prison in the 2017 crash that killed a Boy Scout commissioner. Isiah Pugh was at Babe's Boys Tavern for a meeting of local Boy Scout leaders. The 73-year-old died in the hospital a week after the crash.

    Several other customers and employees were injured in the crash.

    Prosecutors said Robinson was speeding around a curve and lost control of her car.

    Robinson's lawyer argued that her Toyota sedan accelerated unexpectedly and went out of control. They cited several mass recalls Toyota issued on floor mats and gas pedals.

    Prosecutors said none of those flaws applied to Robinson's car at the time of the crash.

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