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Ellicott City woman faces vehicular manslaughter, DUI charges in fatal accident

An Ellicott City woman already facing charges related to drugs and driving while impaired by drugs was served a grand jury indictment Monday for vehicular manslaughter charges after the death of a pedestrian she hit with her car in September.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, Howard County police said, Brittany R. McElhiney, 28, was driving on the wrong side of Green Clover Drive when she collided with another car. McElhiney's car then drove along the side of the road, hitting pedestrian Robert Dukehart, 78, of Ellicott City.

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Dukehart was taken to Shock Trauma, and died on Oct. 20. No other injuries were reported.

Police later learned that McElhiney was under the influence of drugs, which were found in her car.

Police searched McElhiney's home on Oct. 6, where she lives with her 64-year-old boyfriend, Richard Debois, and found more than nine pounds of marijuana, 3.5 ounces of lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD; three vials of PCP, heroin, concentrated THC, 48 pieces of THC packaged as candy and $500 cash. Scales and additional packaging materials were also found, police said; the drugs found were valued at more than $20,000.

McElhiney and Debois were arrested on drug charges, and released on $50,000 bond and $85,000 bond, respectively.

Police said McElhiney and Debois currently remain free on bond.



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