A Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of automobile manslaughter in connection with an accident that killed three people last July on Ritchie Highway.
Louis Harrison Dailey Jr., 30, of the first block of Elm Avenue, pleaded guilty in connection with an accident which killed a 48-year-old Severna Park woman, her 4-year-old grandson and her 14-year-old niece. During a hearing yesterday incounty Circuit Court, a prosecutor said tests conducted after the accident showed Dailey had PCP and cocaine in his blood.
Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler told the court Daileywas driving a 1976 Ford LTD southbound on Ritchie Highway, approaching the intersection at Earleigh Heights Road, when he hit two cars and then crossed the median strip. Roessler said four witnesses were prepared to testify Dailey's car was traveling at more than 70 miles an hour when it crossed the road and crashedhead-on into a Toyota driven by Elizabeth Ann Sprinkel.
Roessler said investigators found noskid marks or any other sign of an effort by Dailey to stop before the crash. The crash took place just before 9 p.m. July 10, only yardsfrom a carnival taking place at the Earleigh Heights volunteer fire department's station. Witnesses said Dailey was driving with no headlights, the prosecutor said.
Sprinkel, of the 400 block White HavenCourt, and her grandson, Jordan Patrick Sprinkel, of Baltimore, weretaken to North Arundel Hospital after the crash, where they died of multiple injuries, Roessler said. Jannine Pomichter, 14, also a passenger in the Toyota, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. She died about two weeks later of internal injuries, Roessler said.
Under the plea agreement, Dailey will not be sentenced to
serve more than 15 years in prison, but he may receive more than 15 years, with a portion suspended. Dailey declined to comment after yesterday's hearing.
Family members of the victims said afterward they were frustrated by Dailey's lack of remorse, and they vowed to make themselves heard at his sentencing, scheduled for April 12.