- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A man is on trial in Prince George’s County on a manslaughter charge in a car crash that killed his 4-year-old son.

Charles Smith of Washington went on trial Monday in Upper Marlboro on charges including negligent manslaughter and child abuse.

Prosecutors say Smith was speeding and used a turn lane to run a red light on May 9, 2013, causing a chain reaction of collisions. His 4-year-old son was unrestrained in the vehicle and was ejected, and was killed. The 7-year-old daughter of Smith’s girlfriend was also in the car and sustained minor injuries. Smith suffered a serious arm injury.

Prosecutors say Smith is believed to have been driving between 70 and 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash on Bladensburg Road.


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