Man is found guilty of vehicular manslaughter; 22-year-old sentenced to 10 years for police chase that left 2 dead

A 22-year-old man was convicted yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court of killing two women when he crashed a sport utility vehicle into their car as he fled from police in January, prosecutors said.

Dwight L. Williams of the 500 block of N. Brice St. was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of manslaughter by automobile, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said.


Safety concerns

Williams' conviction is the second in recent incidents that raised concerns about the safety of police chases, specifically in the downtown area.


About two weeks ago, Terrance Anderson, 18, of the 5200 block of Craig Ave. was sentenced to five years in prison for killing Marc David Levy, a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Anderson, who did not have a license, was trying to escape from police after they stopped him for questioning on Sept. 10.

The teen sped off in a vehicle, running several red lights and striking Levy's Honda Civic at a busy Charles Village intersection.

In the case that led to yesterday's conviction, Carolyn Oakley, 58, and Doris Murphy, 57, both of Northeast Baltimore burned to death after the Ford Explorer Williams was driving struck their Oldsmobile Aurora at West Mulberry Street and Park Avenue, prosecutors said.

Police chased Williams because he was suspected of firing shots outside a West Baltimore nightclub.