Suspected Hit And Run Driver Charged With DUI

A Forest Hill woman has been charged in connection with the Labor Day hit and run that hospitalized a Darlington woman.

A Forest Hill woman has been charged in connection with and police say alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Jennifer Helen Brooks, 52, of Forest Hill was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence and seven hit-and-run related charges in connection with the accident, according to Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

Brooks contacted the barrack Tuesday and told investigators she was driving the at the time of the crash, according to a release.

Investigators learned Brooks had been drinking at Jimmy’s Old School Tavern, located at 3403 Conowingo Road in Street, shortly before the crash and believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident, according to state police.

Shortly before 7:40 p.m. on Labor Day, Susan Gourgoulianis, 28, of Darlington was in the car with a family member when the two began to argue, according to a release from Maryland State Police.

Gourgoulianis was ordered to get out of the car on southbound U.S. Route 1, or Conowingo Road, just north of the Hickory bypass, according to police.

A witness told police Gourgoulianis was on or near the road waving her arms when a blue car swerved, apparently trying to avoid her.

Instead of avoiding her, however, the car's passenger side mirror hit her. The witness said the car pulled to the side of the road about 500 feet from the accident before pulling away, according to state police.

Gourgoulianis was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. She had been released from shock trauma as of Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Investigators found damage to the passenger side and mirror area of Brooks' Lincoln, state police said.

In addition to driving under the influence, Brooks is charged with driving while impaired, failure to immediately stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failure of driver involved in accident to render reasonable assistance to injured person, driving an unregistered vehicle, negligent driving, reckless driving and several other traffic violations.

MVPHKR September 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Yes, she should have stopped, but turning herself in was the next best thing. I'm not defending her at all, but the judgmental and hysterical comments on here are just ridiculous. She's been charged, there will be a trial...how about letting the justice system play out before we pronounce her a drunk and call her names?
Jill Bracewell September 06, 2012 at 01:57 AM
At 52, don't you think this female driver should know better than to drink and drive? Come on, when are these selfish people going to stop getting behind the wheel and hurting others? In this era of everyone having cell phones, isn't there anyone she could have called for a ride? Or, (novel idea) don't get drunk and then try to drive!! An old friend of mine used to say: "The child you might kill might be your own". It's never worth getting behind the wheel, even after 1 drink. God forbid anyone hurts one of my kids because of alcohol...there would be serious hell to pay. I hope she gets some serious punishment, and that they take her license away....Lord knows we don't need her to do this to anyone else!
Courtney September 06, 2012 at 07:11 PM
ok first of all we all know that the DUI charge isnt going to stick. They have no evidence that she was drunk except for assumption which will not hold up in court. Secondly...maybe she genuinely did not realize she hit someone. After all Ms Gourgoulianis was only in the hospital for 5 hours and then released...so how bad were her injury's, really? Now, yes, the lady should have gotten out of her car to at least SEE if she hit anyone, but everyone reacts to things differently, not saying it was right...but we cant just assume that because she didn't get out she was drunk. Ms Gourgoulianis was most likely in the road waving at the lady to stop so she could ask her for a ride...as she was intoxicated and her parents kicked her out of their vehicle for being baligerant. Ms Gourgoulianis is not a victim in this. Search her criminal history on MD Judiciary Case Search. Then you will stop feeling sorry for her.
Ashley September 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Regardless of her history, no one deserves to be left on the side of the road after someone hits them with their vehicle. They are still a person and anyone with any kind of humanity would have stopped and at least saw if she was okay (and please don't even start with the "she might not have known if she hit something", you know when you hit something with your car there is no missing it).
Courtney September 10, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Karma...you get what you give.


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