Friends, family react to release of suspected drunk driver

A man suspected of driving drunk and causing a six-car crash that killed two people was released by authorities Wednesday without charges.

Maryland State Police arrested a man Tuesday after a crash occurred on the Beltway that killed Candace Mays Hewitt, 41, of Davidsonville, and Rodolfo U. V. Amaya, 31, of Oxen Hill and injured two others.

Friends and family of the victims could not understand why police released the man.

“I don’t know what the justice system is gonna do nowadays,” said Matt Dillon, 31. “He should still be in jail. I know he hasn't been charged, but he killed two people. If I had a gun and I shot you, I'd still be in jail.”

Dillon was a friend and neighbor of Amaya.

The crash is still being investigated by state police and the Prince George’s State’s Attorney’s Office. It could be months before investigations are complete.

“We would like to make sure the more serious charges are available to us down the line,” said State’s Attorney spokesman Ramon Korionoff.

{ }For now, the man will remain free.