5 years in tot's road death

October 25, 1990|By Monica NortonGlenn Small | Monica NortonGlenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

Amy Bolte sat virtually motionless as witnesses testified and her attorney told of the depression and guilt she felt over her role in the automobile manslaughter death of a 3-year-old Reisterstown boy.

Then Bolte, 21, of Pikesville, stood, and in a barely audible voice, yesterday told a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge that the only thing she could say was that she was sorry.

Judge Leonard S. Jacobson, saying he had to send a message to those who drink and drive, then sentenced Bolte to five years in prison in connection with the alcohol-related accident which took the life of Ryan Garth Davis Shanahan.

"She had opportunity to get control of her life," Jacobson said of Bolte, who had two previous drug-related convictions. "I am not persuaded she should be given another chance.

According to a statement of facts read into the record by Cox, Bolte's blood alcohol level the night of the accident was .17 percent. The state considers any driver with a blood-alcohol level at .07 to be driving under the influence of alcohol or at .10 to be intoxicated.

Driving her 1974 Chevy Camaro south on High Falcon Road about 7:30 p.m. July 8, Bolte failed to negotiate a turn onto Timber Grove Road. The car struck a curb and went up an embankment, striking Ryan.

The boy was struck by the left front bumper and dragged further until the car struck a tree, Cox read. He died of a extensive head injuries and a ruptured spleen.

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