The recent release of a police investigation into a violent car crash involving Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman has brought the subject of synthetic marijuana or “spice” back into the national spotlight.
Coleman was involved in a crash while travelling 60 mph on a Bellevue, WA road when his Dodge Ram truck struck a Honda Civic and flipped it over. The data recorder in the truck shows that the truck’s brakes were not depressed until after the collision, which means the collision happened at full speed. The driver of the Honda Civic had injuries including a concussion and a broken collar bone. Coleman himself got a concussion and at this point has not been charged in the crash.
The real controversy started when the report revealed that Coleman initially told police that he had smoked “spice,” which is an unregulated and unlicensed drug that is illegal in most states, but not in Washington State, where marijuana is legal. Spice gives very unpredictable results with users, ranging from anxiety to blackouts to psychosis and even death, but is appealing to users in that it is not detected in most standard drug tests.
Coleman had blood drawn six hours after the wreck and one of his attorneys has argued that he was not impaired at the time of the collision and that tests had come back negative for synthetic marijuana, fueling a public battle that is currently on high heat.
In the state of Maryland, and most other states, spice is illegal but still sought after because of the fact that many users feel that they can still pass a drug test and not put their job in jeopardy. It’s kind of scary to think about the unpredictable results of spice and that some people might still get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. The nationally publicized case of Derrick Coleman is a reminder of the potentially destructive potential of this synthetic drug called spice. The best news is that while both drivers were injured, no lives were lost.
If you find yourself the victim of a car accident in Maryland that you feel is the result of the negligence of another driver, seek medical attention first. Take care of your health and then contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer for a free case evaluation to start on your way to getting the compensation you rightfully deserve