Driver killed in Gaithersburg crash had multiple traffic charges against her

Driver killed in Gaithersburg crash had multiple traffic charges against her

Charges included driving 111 miles per hour in a 65-mile-per-hour zone in Anne Arundel County, according to court records

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The driver of a vehicle who was killed in Gaithersburg on Wednesday night had multiple traffic and criminal charges against her one month before.

Stephanie Angelica Vasquez, 25, of Kensington, died Wednesday when the 2020 Toyota Supra she was driving struck a 2001 Honda Accord near the intersection of Muddy Branch and West Deer Park roads, Montgomery County police said Jonathan Charkas, 35, of Rockville, who was in the passenger seat of the Supra, also died, police said.

Police said they think the speed of the Supra might have been a factor in the crash.

According to state court records, during one incident in Silver Spring on Aug. 2 Vasquez was charged on with:

  • Two counts of DUI
  • DWI
  • Driving in excess of reasonable speed
  • Negligent driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to obey traffic control device instructions
  • Unsafe lane changing
  • Following too closely
  • Failure to pull over upon signal by police
  • Failure to display license to police
  • Failure to drive right of center
  • Two counts of having a loaded handgun
  • Illegal possession of ammunition
  • Illegal possession of a regulated firearm
  • Possession of an open container of alcohol

State court records also show that Vasquez was charged with driving 111 miles per hour in a 65-miles-per-hour zone in Anne Arundel County on Aug. 31.

In addition, Vasquez was  charged with driving 79 miles per hour in a 40-miles-per hour zone on April 16, and with driving 86 miles per hour in a 55-miles-per-hour zone on April 27. The April incidents happened in Montgomery County, according to court records.

Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman, told Bethesda Beat in an interview Friday that Vasquez’s prior traffic charges will not be taken into account when evaluating Wednesday’s crash.

“What caused the collision [on Wednesday] would have nothing to do with past possible traffic citations. They [investigators] have to look at the collision as it occurs. That’s what they’re looking at. Why it occurred,” she said.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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