Guilty plea in death of tot Driver hit child playing in yard

October 24, 1990|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

In a plea bargain, a 21-year-old Reisterstown woman today pleaded guilty to automobile manslaughter for the death last summer of Ryan Garth Davis Shanahan, a 3-year-old who was run down by a car as he played in his back yard.

Amy Bolte entered her guilty plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court before Judge Leonard S. Jacobson. In exchange for the plea, charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and alteration of her license were dropped.

John Cox, the assistant state's attorney handling the case, said the state had agreed not to recommend a specific sentence, but would argue for a "significant sentence."

Bolte faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the offense.

Harold Glaser, Bolte's attorney, called two witnesses to show how Bolte has been receiving treatment since the July 8 accident.

Lori Drummond, a counselor at a city alcohol and drug treatment clinic, said Bolte was severely depressed and blamed herself harshly for what happened. "She wished in fact that she was the one who died," Drummond said.

According to a statement of facts read into the record by Cox, Bolte's blood alcohol level the night of the accident was 0.17 percent. The state considers any driver with a blood-alcohol level at 0.07 to be driving under the influence of alcohol or at 0.10 to be intoxicated.

Driving her 1974 Chevy Camaro south on High Falcon Road about 7:30 p.m. that July evening, Bolte failed to negotiate a turn onto Timber Grove Road. The car struck a curb and hurtled up an embankment, striking Ryan.

A passenger in Bolte's car, Jennifer Jones, 18, died Sunday night along with two other people in an alcohol-related accident in Baltimore County.

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