DWI HIT PARADE / DUI manslaughter charges loom for Daniel Juwan Butler in crash that killed Taylor Halbleib on Rt. 6
UPDATE: Daniel Juwan Butler is a Lieutenant with the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, his passenger in the truck that killed Taylor Halbleib, Logan Shifflett, is also a firefighter at Newburg.
NBC 4 NEWS reports that the men who were in the pickup that killed Halbleib had been seen trying to talk to her as she left the bar in La Plata when she got off work. (see video below)
LA PLATA, MD – Maryland State Police reports that booze and speed on the part of the driver of a pickup truck is a factor in his causing a crash that killed another driver on Md. Rt. 6 at Cooksey Road.
Police are investigating the three-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a woman driving eastbound on MD Rt. 6, west of Cooksey Road in Charles County, Md., on Dec. 7, 2017.
The deceased victim is identified as Taylor Anne Halbleib, 21, of Corinthicu Court, Hughesville, Md. She was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries. Halbleib was driving a blue 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the Hyundai is identified as Brittany Camille Coggins, 24, of La Plata, MD. She was the sole occupant, driving a silver Honda Odyssey van. Coggins was not injured in the collision.
The vehicle at fault in the collision was driven by Daniel Juwan Butler, 22, of Newburg, MD. Butler was driving a black 2004 Ford F-150. He was injured in the crash and transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center.
The passenger in Butler’s vehicle is identified as Logan Alexander Shifflett, 21, of Waldorf, MD. He was flown by state police medevac to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center where he is undergoing medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 7th, troopers from the La Plata barrack responded to multiple calls reporting a multi-vehicle collision on MD Rt. 6, west of Cooksey Road. Arriving troopers found fire and rescue personnel on the scene attending to the victims.
Speed and alcohol on the part of Butler are believed to be contributing factors in this collision.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Butler was driving eastbound on MD Rt. 6, west of Cooksey Road when the crash occurred. Butler for unknown reasons failed to stop, striking the blue Hyundai in the rear. The blue Hyundai was then pushed into the silver Honda. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in this collision.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded and will be conducting a detailed crash reconstruction. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office for review regarding charges.
BOTH MEN IN PICKUP TRUCK THAT KILLED TAYLOR HALBLEIB ARE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WITH NEWBURG VRSFD
Juwan Butler and Logan Shifflett are both members of the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department and all firefighters and EMT’s in both paid and volunteer service have extensive experience in extricating crash victims in collisions caused by intoxicated drivers. In short, they would be expected to save lives, not drive like drunken idiots.
MDOT State Highway Administration personnel were on the scene and assisted with lane closures and detours around the scene. Lanes were reopened by 7:45 a.m.
Investigators are collecting evidence and seeking anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Witnesses are urged to call the Maryland State Police Crash Team at 301-392-1231. The investigation continues.
According to Halbleib’s Facebook page, she attended the College of Southern Maryland where she studied criminal justice and worked as a server at Applebee’s. According to posts on her Facebook page, she recently began work as a bartender at Vino’s Liquor in LaPlata, where she left from on her way home when she was rear-ended by Butler’s truck and killed. A photo of her is posted on the Vino’s Facebook page.
Halbleib’s friends began to post their thoughts about her death on Facebook:
I just don’t know how to wrap my head around this, I don’t know why this would happen to such a great person. You will be missed Taylor Halbleib.. your family is in my prayers.