Driver Sentenced For Passenger’s Death in Police Chase

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Baltimore – Kevin Wilder, Jr., was sentenced to a total of eleven years in prison after pleading guilty to grossly negligent manslaughter and driving without a license.  Wilder received the maximum sentence for each offense which he will serve consecutively.

On July 27, 2017, in the 500 Block of Bloom Street, at the intersection on Etting Street, an officer in an unmarked police vehicle observed the driver, Kevin Wilder, and his female passenger, Dimech’e Clark, riding in a van with expired registration. When the officer activated his emergency lights—to pull over the van—the defendant sped away. A high-speed chase ensued, and Wilder eventually headed in the wrong direction on Etting, a one-way street.

Wilder approached the intersection on Bloom Street and proceeded through without stopping colliding with an oncoming car. The vehicles collided with such force causing the van driven by Wilder to spin, mount a curb, strike the side of a building and catch fire. Officer’s arrived at the scene of the accident and removed Wilder from the wreckage. He was transported to Shock Trauma for a broken neck. The van’s passenger side suffered such impact that Dimech’e Clark did not survive the accident, and police pronounced her dead on the scene.

“This reckless fatal high-speed chase not only took an innocent woman’s life, but the driver also posed an imminent threat of physical harm to the public,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “’I am deeply sorry for the loss that the family of Dimech’e Clark has had to suffer. I hope this sentence has provided them with some measure of justice.”

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