Driver Timothy Dowd Kills Woman -- Already had 5 DUIs

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A tragedy on the streets of Vermont that could have been avoided -- a woman was killed when a car driven by a man who was trying to escape police slammed into her car.

Police say Timothy Dowd was pulled over in downtown Burlington Sunday night, but he took off as an officer approached his car. Police say Dowd ran a red light and plowed into the woman's car. The driver, a 43-year-old woman, was killed instantly. Her name has not been released.

Dowd suffered a minor head injury in the crash. Four hours after the arrest, police said Dowd had a blood-alcohol level of .071, which is below the legal limit of .08. However, chemists will perform what is known as a "relation back" analysis to estimate what his level was at the time of the crash.

The 52-year-old Dowd has five prior DUIs including three in New York, one in Pennsylvania and one in Vermont. His license is currently valid.

Right now the most serious charges against Dowd are gross negligent operation of a vehicle with death resulting and attempting to elude police, but he is likely to face more charges as the investigation moves forward.