Former Maryland State Police Cadet Sentenced to One Year for Fatal Crash

A former Maryland State Police cadet received a one-year jail sentence for a crash that killed a Temple Hills woman.

On Aug. 1, 2014, Reyes was driving a state police vehicle on the Capital Beltway at a high rate of speed and changing lanes aggressively without signaling, prosecutors said. He nearly hit a tow truck but swerved onto the shoulder, then overcorrected back onto the road and started spinning.

He struck 59-year-old Karen Holt-Williams' vehicle, sending it into a concrete barrier and killing Holt-Williams, prosectutors said.

A third vehicle then struck the state police vehicle.

The investigation found Reyes was traveling at 74 mph in a 55 mph zone at the time of the crash and may have reached 99 mph prior to the crash.

“We are disappointed in the sentence handed down this afternoon given the reckless disregard that Mr. Reyes exhibited that day,” Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a news release. “There was absolutely no reason that he should have been traveling that fast on the Beltway, during rush hour, simply to take a cruiser to the car wash. He has yet to take full responsibility for his actions, and we believe that the three-year sentence we requested was more appropriate.”

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