Doctor Charged with DUI Death of Hanover County Woman Expected to Enter a Plea
When you are out jogging on the highway you have a right to expect passing drivers to look out for you. You have a right to be protected from distracted, drunk or reckless drivers.
I was, therefore, shocked to read earlier this year about the death of a Hanover County woman who was hit by a doctor who was later accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.
This week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on how the physician who killed Meg Menzies, 34, is to enter a plea to involuntary manslaughter, thus sidestepping a scheduled jury trial next week in this high-profile case.
The Times Dispatch report stated Hanover prosecutor Stephen Royalty said that Dr. Michael J. Carlson of Mechanicsville has opted to waive a jury trial and is to enter a plea that could lead him to being sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on a conviction of alcohol-related involuntary manslaughter, the maximum sentence.
The report said it was not clear if the doctor intends to enter a no contest plea, “in effect admitting there is sufficient evidence to convict him,” or a guilty plea.
Carlson is reported to have had an elevated blood-alcohol content when he hit Meg Menzies, 34, in January as she jogged along the north side of state Route 54 facing traffic with her husband . According to reports, the doctor’s car left the road on a curve and hit the mother of three children, as she tried to avoid it. Her husband, Scott Menzies, an Ashland police officer, narrowly escaped injury.
Menzies was a keen marathon runner. Tens of thousands of people in the United States and across the world ran in her honor in subsequent days.
This is a very tragic case that reminds us again of the heavy death and injury toll paid on the roads of Virginia from driving under the influence of alcohol.
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