Posted on May 14, 2011
A Maryland woman was convicted May 5 of vehicular manslaughter in connection with an accident that killed two men in February 2010.

A Prince George's County jury found Jenny Mate, 32, of Beltsville, guilty of two counts of homicide by motor vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

Mate was ordered to report to the Prince George's County jail May 16 following a prenatal checkup. She faces up to 21 years in prison.

Roy Lacayo, 34, and Justo Rosario Jr., 30, were killed in the accident, which occurred the night of Feb. 1, 2010, on Riggs Road in unincorporated Adelphi.

Lacayo and Rosario had been involved in a fender bender and were stopped along the side of the road. According to testimony from state witnesses, the two were standing between their two cars exchanging information.

Mate came down the road at about 10:45 p.m., driving her 2005 Cadillac sport utility vehicle 60 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.

She passed another driver on the wrong side of the road before smashing into Lacayo and Rosario.

Lacayo was struck with such force that he lost his shoes. Rosario was caught under Mate's vehicle and dragged 100 feet before she stopped. Police who completed an accident reconstruction said there were no skid marks at the scene of the accident.

Mate failed a sobriety test at the scene and would not provide a breath sample until 3 a.m. the next morning. At that point her blood alcohol level was .15, or almost double the state's legal limit.

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