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Driver in Fatal DC Crash May Have Been on Drugs

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Court records say the driver of an SUV that killed a young attorney and injured another person in downtown Washington, D.C. appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was driving 40 mph over the speed limit at the time of the crash.

The Metropolitan Police Department had said 33-year-old James Chandler of Silver Spring, Maryland was charged with involuntary manslaughter in Monday's crash but court documents obtained Wednesday say he's charged with second-degree murder.

Chandler's attorney declined to comment on the charges.

The crash killed 27-year-old Phil Snodgrass, an assistant general counsel at the National Federation of Federal Employees, a union that represents government workers.

Snodgrass' parents say their son was working toward a doctorate degree at Georgetown Law Center, where he was headed when he was killed.

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