Pasadena driver sentenced to 20 years in prison following wrong-way crash that killed two on Route 50

Terrance Sellman, 46, of Pasadena, was charged May 3 with four counts of negligent manslaughter, according to online court records.
Terrance Sellman, 46, of Pasadena, was charged May 3 with four counts of negligent manslaughter, according to online court records. (Maryland State Police /)

Baltimore residents Donald Tyner and Janell McDougald were taking a night ride after attending a motorcycle club’s social function last year when a drunk driver traveling the wrong way down the highway struck and killed them.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs sentenced Terrance Sellman, 47, to 22 years in prison, suspending two years, and five years probation upon his release. If the Pasadena resident violates the terms of his probation, he will serve the two suspended years. In September, about a year after the crash, Sellman pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent manslaughter and a count of driving under the influence, according to online court records.


“I lost my everything,” Patricia Tyner-David, Tyner’s sister, said in court. “(Sellman) should spend the rest of his life thinking about what he did."

Sellman was traveling eastbound in a Ford Expedition on Route 50 at about 12:50 a.m. the morning of Sept. 2, 2018, when he made a U-turn at a break in the median. He then traveled westbound while driving in the eastbound left lane for about 2.5 miles until he collided with two people on a motorcycle, Tyner, 56, and passenger McDougald, 45, at Ridgely Avenue.

When officers arrived on the scene, Sellman was impaired and unaware he had been in an accident. His BAC was .14, almost twice the legal limit, prosecutors said.

The 2018 wrong-way crash was the fourth crash of its kind to happen near Annapolis in 15 months. On July 8, 2017, Rockville resident Joseph Chisarick, 24, died after reportedly hitting another car while driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 97 near Route 50. On July 26, 2017, Severn woman Christine Parks, 31, caused a three-vehicle crash while traveling eastbound in the left lane of the westbound highway. Hui Xu, 34, of Herndon, Virginia, was killed in the crash.

Both 2017 crashes were fatal and involved alcohol.

Sellman has a lengthy history of traffic citations, including negligent driving in a manner “endangering property life and person," driving on a suspended license and running a red light and hitting two cars, said assistant state’s attorney Carolynn Grammas.

Police received multiple 911 calls Sept. 2 to report a Ford SUV traveling the wrong direction. Sellman drove past a trooper that stopped for a disabled vehicle. Police initially did not see McDougald, who was launched into the westbound lane.

“My sister did not die in an accident. What happened was anything but an accident," said Jeremy McDougald, Janell’s brother. "She was murdered.”

The courtroom Tuesday was standing room only. Family and friends of Tyner, McDougald and Sellman packed the room, joined by members of Sons of Black Caesar Motorcycle Club, a social biker group whose function Tyner and McDougald attended the night they died. Tyner was married and had a son. He was kind and quick to lend a hand to anyone who needed one, his family said. Family members said Janell was an intelligent number cruncher with an infectious smile and had twin adult children. Tyner and McDougald shared a love for motorcycles and their club.

When Sellman addressed the court, he apologized and said he wished he could trade places with the victims.

“I am truly sorry," Sellman said.