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Posted on: August 5, 2019

DRIVER CONVICTED OF CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER FOR CRASHING INTO TWO U.S. NAVY MEN

Defendant strikes two victims, flees the scene in his car and continues on foot

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – John Mueller, Jr., 32, faces over 14 years in prison for taking the life of Christian Guerreiro and injuring Ryan Eades in a car crash in August 2018. In addition to criminally negligent manslaughter, the defendant was also convicted of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and bodily injury and driving without a license.

On August 1, 2018, Guerreiro, 21, and Eades, 20, who both enlisted in the US. Navy were standing outside of their disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of the highway when Mueller struck them with his vehicle while traveling north on I-495 in Oxon Hill.

Mueller crossed the solid white line that separates the right lane from the right shoulder, struck both victims and their vehicle, and kept driving for almost a quarter of a mile before his car broke down. He exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Maryland State Police Troopers canvassed the area and located Mueller at a nearby gas station.

Guerreiro was killed and Eades suffered non-life threatening injuries.

After a five-day trial, the jury returned the guilty verdict in two hours.

“I want to thank the prosecutors on this case for the work they put into securing a conviction in a very tough case,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy. “This conviction should send a message to anyone who chooses to be irresponsible and unsafe on our roads that such behavior that puts other lives on the road at risk will not be tolerated in Prince George’s County.”

Sentencing is set for October 7, 2019.

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Contact: Denise Roberts | Phone: 240-832-4970 | Email: dgroberts@co.pg.md.us