Owings Mills woman indicted on vehicular homicide charges

An Owings Mills woman was indicted by a grand jury on charges of vehicular homicide stemming from a December 2017 crash on the Md. 30 bypass in Hampstead.

Kathryn Margaret Cleary, 31, of the unit block of Hartley Circle, is charged with two counts of negligent homicide with a boat or automobile while under the influence, homicide with a motor vehicle or vessel while impaired with alcohol and three charges related to driving or attempting to drive under the influence of alcohol, according to electronic court records.


Cleary is charged in relation to the death of Charles Duffy, of Hampstead.

The incident occurred Dec. 5, 2017, though a warrant for Cleary’s arrest in relation to these charges was issued Oct. 11 and she was arrested later that day, according to electronic court records.

According to the crash report made at the time of the collision, Cleary’s vehicle was traveling northbound on the bypass and entered the Md. 482 roundabout. A second vehicle, in which Duffy was a passenger, was traveling southbound in the roundabout. A third vehicle, driven by a Finksburg man, was traveling behind the second.

As Cleary’s vehicle approached Duffy’s from the opposite direction, it crossed the double yellow line and struck it head-on on the driver’s side. The rear of the vehicle slid out and then struck the third vehicle on the driver’s side, according to the report.

The occupants of the second and third vehicles were transported to Carroll Hospital. Cleary, who did not display apparent injury, was found to have a blood alcohol content of .14 and was arrested, according to the report.

Duffy was transferred to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore the next day and released the day after that. He went into cardiac arrest on Dec. 8 and was pronounced deceased at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, according to the report.

While originally held without bond on Oct. 11, Cleary was released on her own recognizance on Monday after a bail review hearing, according to electronic court records.

According to electronic court records, she was placed on pretrial supervision at the highest level of intensity and will be required to report in-person multiple times per week.

No court scheduling information was available as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.