WESTMINSTER — A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man faces up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty to automobile manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in a June accident that killed a Manchester man.
Scott Allen Krebs of East Berlin, Pa., was charged after the June 29 crash that killed a co-worker, John Wesley Reaver of Wentz Road.
The plea agreement was announced Wednesday just before a jury in Carroll Circuit Court was about to hear a second day of testimony in the case.
Krebs initially pleaded not guilty, maintaining that Reaver was driving at the time of the crash.
Reaver died of multiple injuries after being ejected from the car during the 5 p.m. accident on Stoney Lane near Tracey's Mill Road. Police said the father of two was apassenger in Krebs' car.
After the crash, Krebs took beer bottles and cans from the car and hid them near a creek, Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill told the court.
Krebs ran away from the scene to a nearby home, police said. He turned himself in later that night to aPennsylvania state trooper.
The day after the crash, Krebs told Trooper George Prager that Reaver was driving at the time of the accident, Hill said.
Krebs also told the trooper he had had seven or eight beers for lunch that day, along with drinks after work.
York County, Pa., defense attorney Daniel Wolfson told the court that Krebs tried to aid Reaver after the accident.
"When he saw Reaver outside of the automobile, he saw blood coming out of his mouth," said Wolfson. "He tried to give him mouth-to-mouth to get the blood out, and thenhe tried to turn him over."
Wolfson said Krebs wanted the court to know "he simply did not abandon his friend."
Krebs also was charged with driving too fast for conditions and leaving the scene of an accident, but those charges were dropped by the State's Attorney's Officein exchange for the guilty plea.
Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold accepted Krebs' guilty plea and ordered a presentence investigation.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 20.
Arnold revoked Krebs' bail and ordered him to report to the Carroll County Detention Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Krebs wept throughout the hearing, and when he passed Reaver's family on his way out of the courtroom, he tearfully told them he was sorry for what happened.