Fatality Sentence: House Arrest

April 07, 1991

A Severn man was sentenced to 15 months of house arrest Friday for an alcohol-related accident that killed a Crofton teen-ager last year.

Michael Edward Shultz, 31, of the 1100 block Reece Road, was convicted in February of vehicular homicide while intoxicated in connection with an accident that killed 16-year-old Brian J. Haley, a baseball and football player at Arundel High School.

Shultz, who told police he was unemployed when he was arrested, had faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison, said Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen E. Rogers. Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. gave Shultz a two-year suspended sentence and placed him on five years probation on conditions he not drink or drive, Rogers said.

The prosecutor said Shultz was driving from a bar parking lot on Telegraph Road at Norcross Lane in Severn at 11:30 p.m. on March 3, 1990, when his pick-up truck collided with a car southbound on Telegraph Road.

Paramedics found no signs of life in Haley, who had been a front-seat passenger in the car. He was pronounced dead of multiple trauma, Rogers said.

Shultz and two passengers in the car were treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, Rogers said. The driver of the car was treated at North Arundel Hospital.

Both drivers had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, Rogers said. In Maryland, a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent or more isconsidered proof of driving while intoxicated.

The driver of the second car has been prosecuted in juvenile court, Rogers said.

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