A South County man is in jail after being convicted of automobile manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with a fatal collision last March.
Raymond Stallings Jr., 30, of Tracys Landing was also convicted Monday of homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated and several traffic charges, said Assistant State's Attorney Frederick M. Paone.
Stallings had one prior conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and received probation before judgment on another charge of impaired driving, Paone said. The prosecutor said Stallings had four days left on that probation when the fatal accident occurred last March 22.
Stallings was westbound on Deale Road near Franklin Gibson Road at about 1:15 p.m. when he crossed the center line and collided with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Michael Kennedy, 38, of Deale, Paone said. In the collision, the Monte Carlo was pinned against a guardrail and Stallings' Ford pickup truck became airborne before landing upside down.
Kennedy died of massive internal injuries en route to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, Paone said. Stallings was seriously injured, suffering a broken ankle and facial injuries, the prosecutor said.
Stallings, a carpenter who apparently had been drinking after working a late-night shift the night before the crash, had a blood-alcohol content of .149 percent, Paone said. Under state law, a reading of .07 percent is proof of driving under the influence and .10 percent is proof of driving while intoxicated.
A two-day court trial ended with Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner finding Stallings guilty on all counts, Paone said. The judge revoked the man's bond and ordered him held pending sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 21.