Today marked the start of the first trial for 2008’s tragic drag-racing accident that killed eight people in Accokeek. Tavon Taylor stands accused.

(Upper Marlboro, MD) — A trial gets under way today for one of the men accused in a drag-racing incident that killed eight people in Accokeek last year. Prosecutors concede that Tavon Taylor didn’t actually strike anyone with his car as he raced down Route 210, but under state law both drivers share the responsibility of the outcome. That doesn’t sit well with the mother of the defendant, Paula Taylor. “I don’t understand how my son goes from a witness to being indicted. He didn’t hit nobody,” she says. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glen Ivey says otherwise. “I am confident that the evidence supports the indictment,” he says. The other driver in the case, Darren Bullock, is actually accused of striking people with his vehicle. His trial is set to begin in September.

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