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Woman Pleads Guilty In Fatal Bel Air Crash

Ashley Nicole Albers was driving while under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal July 2011 crash outside the Fountain Green Swim Club.

A Bel Air woman was sentenced to the maximum jail time of 10 years after pleading guilty Monday to one count of vehicular manslaughter.

Based on the plea agreement, will only serve five of those years in jail, with the remaining five suspended.

Albers, 28, with addresses in the 700 block of Farnham Place in Bel Air and the 1700 block of Fountain Rock Way in Edgewood, on charges of vehicular manslaughter and eight related counts.

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The charges stem from of Bel Air. Albers was speeding and under the influence of several drugs at the time of the crash, according to a release from the Harford County State's Attorney's Office.

On July 21, 2011, Albers was driving a 2002 Chrysler 300M north on MD Route 543 when the car crossed the center line in the area of , according to Maryland State Police and the state's attorney's office.

The Chrysler hit a 2010 Lexus driven by 65-year-old Albert Dicocco. Albert Dicocco swerved to avoid the oncoming car, and the Chrysler hit the Lexus on the passenger side. His wife, Carolyn Dicocco, was the sole passenger in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Following the accident, Albers' blood was tested. The results showed she had Alprazolam, a form of Xanax, methadone and amphetamine in her system at the time, according to the release from the state's attorney's office.

Once Albers is released from jail, she will be placed on supervised probation for five years and as a condition of probation, be subject to drug treatment and testing.

Albers is scheduled to be sentenced October 1 in . While the plea agreement is binding, the sentencing hearing will give victims a chance to share how the accident has impacted them.

Albers has been held at the since her May indictment.

Matt August 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM
How do the judges get wealthy? Other than their very good salary, they're paid the same regardless of how many and what types of cases they preside over.
Annie August 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM
This is an example of why there is so much crime today...the criminals know they can plead out so they don't care...there is no severe consequence....
Lisa Arnold October 17, 2012 at 02:58 AM
kind of funny that ya'll are commenting like this gal left out in the morning on a mission to kill someone...people who have drug problems are not bad people, they are sick...and need to be treated that way...it is sad that a life was lost, however, i highly doubt this lady left out of her house that day thinking....i am gonna drive down the road and kill someone....xanax and methadone cause a synergistic effect....someone should have been driving her.....sad....i really cant stand when ignorant people who know nothing about the disease of addiction want to lock someone up forever over an "accident" come on people, really? I drive home everyday with a bunch of ZOMBIES on the road....WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! You NEED to be more alert when operating a vehicle....people, for the most part are in their own little worlds on the road......totally self-centered....didnt any of your mommas teach you not to throw stones??? Damn...
Wilbur Waddle October 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Lisa - How dare you defend the irresponsible, illegal and reckless behavior that this woman chose? As soon as she made the decision to take that combination of drugs and then drive, your so-called "synergistic" effect caused the DEATH of an innocent woman. When she left out and drove that day, yes she went on a mission to kill someone, and unfortunately she succeeded. I fully understand the disease of addiction, which is not a license to continue with behaviors and activities that have deadly consequences, like driving a car under the influence. So this was no "accident". And it is really sad that you think "PEOPLE" need to wake up, or be alert for the folks that would choose to drive under the influence of drugs. Mr. and Mrs. Dicocco were simply driving down the road, minding their own business, on the right side of the road, and this criminal exceeded the speed limit, crossed the center line, and KILLED the poor woman. And yes - Ms. Albers was the one who was "self centered", and "in her own little world" - and she killed someone. That's why she is going to jail. Shame on you.
Hazzard Native January 09, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Now her co-hort, Alycia Hoffman, has just been arrested in a pursuit in Baltimore during an alleged drug transaction.

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