MURDER USA: Repeat DUI driver Todd Pivec charged in fatal DWI flaming wreck; fled his dying victim like a yellow coward
OCEAN CITY, MD – The Ocean City Police Department is currently investigating the events leading up to a fatal crash that occurred in the area of 46th Street, around 1:15 a.m., on June 21, 2019, which claimed one life. The preliminary investigation indicates that police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, a white Lexus LX570, after receiving a call for a drunk driver.
Police located the vehicle in the area of 59th Street and Coastal Highway and attempted to stop the vehicle. According to crash investigators, the driver failed to stop for officers and officers then lost sight of the suspect vehicle.
Moments later, the driver, Todd David Pivec, 41, (DOB 05/05/1978) of 16 Spyglass Court, Lutherville, Md., then struck another vehicle going southbound. The southbound vehicle became engulfed in flames as a result of the crash.
Ocean City Police report that the driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. Pivec’s vehicle became immobilized after striking a telephone pole. Pivec attempted to flee on foot however, he was immediately taken into custody by Ocean City police.
At the time of this release, the OCPD Traffic Safety Unit is still investigating the crash. Pivec was charged with negligent manslaughter, felony homicide by a motor vehicle while intoxicated and resisting arrest and interfering with his arrest. The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending next of kin notification.
Taxpayers of Maryland will be providing a free attorney for Pivec.
As of June 21, 2019, Pivec is being held in the Worcester County Jail. A court hearing has been set for Aug. 5, 2019.
Pivec was charged with multiple counts of driving while in violation of not having a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device on a BMW by Baltimore County Officer M. Gibson on Aug. 6, 2018. The Baltimore County States Attorney dropped this charge on Feb. 5, 2019. The plea deal agreed to by Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger dropped all charges associated with Pivec driving after being prohibited, failing to report a crash involving personal injury and allowed Pivec to plead guilty to failing to provide insurance information. THE DEAL: a verdict of Probation Before Judgement with no jail time and a fine of $70.
Pivec entered a guilty plea to driving a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device when arrested by Trooper C. Durcho in Queen Anne’s Circuit Court on Jan. 26, 2018 and was sentenced to one year in jail with all the jail time suspended except for 30 days. Queen Anne’s County States Attorney Lance Richardson dropped nine other traffic charges and DWI charges as part of the plea deal.
Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams entered into a plea deal with Pivec on Oct. 16, 2017, when Pivec had been arrested once more for DWI and other traffic charges by Anne Arundel Police Officer Brian Dehn as Pivec operated his 2015 Lexus on Bestgate Road at Compton Drive. THE DEAL: Pivec entered a guilty plea to negligent driving. Adams dropped the following charges as part of the deal: DWI and reckless driving.
When indicted by the Baltimore County Grand Jury on Oct. 14, 2015, Pivec entered a guilty plea to felony burglary on Oct. 19, 2018 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Other charges dropped included a sex offense count, home invasion, theft, stalking and other burglary charges. Bail on his indictments was set at $750,000.
Pivec entered a guilty plea to the charge of DWI on Nov. 20, 2013, following his arrest by Maryland State Trooper M. Perdue. Pivec was operating a 2013 Ford on Main Street extended at US Rt. 50 westbound. THE DEAL: The Wicomico County States Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello agreed to sixty days in jail with all sixty days suspended and a fine of $250.00.
In District Court for Baltimore City, Pivec faced charges from his arrest on June 18, 2009, at 1:18 am for DWI. In a plea deal with the City District Attorney, Pivec entered a guilty plea to DWI and was given Probation Before Judgement on Nov. 2, 2009, with Andrew I. Alperstein acting as his attorney resulting in an incredible outcome of NO FINE and NO TIME.