Tests on driver in accident fatal to 4 found drugs

May 02, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Special to The Sun Alan Craver is a reporter for The Harford County Sun, a suburban edition of the Baltimore Sun.

BEL AIR -- A Baltimore man charged with manslaughter in an April 1 accident on Interstate 95 that killed four people, including his son, had painkillers and tranquilizers in his system at the time of the crash, court records show.

Blood and urine samples taken from Anthony W. Haywood, 22, of the 2200 block of Druid Hill Avenue, found Doriden, morphine and codeine in his system at the time of the 10:35 a.m. accident, according to a police report filed in Harford County District Court.

The report did not say how much of the drugs was present.

Mr. Haywood's 18-month-old son, an elderly New York couple and their grandson were killed when Mr. Haywood's southbound Ford Probe crossed the grassy median strip and collided head-on with an oncoming Chevrolet Celebrity.

"At this point, there's nothing to show he had a prescription for these drugs," said state Tfc. Elizabeth J. Wilhelm, who investigated the accident.

William G. Christoforo Jr., a Harford County prosecutor, said he would ask a county grand jury to file additional drug and traffic charges against Mr. Haywood.

"I'm sure it's going to be more than just the manslaughter charges," Mr. Christoforo said, after a hearing yesterday in which Mr. Haywood's bail was reduced from $25,000 to $10,000.

Mr. Haywood, who turned himself in to police when the manslaughter charges were filed Monday, was being held at the county jail last night.

The police report filed in court said a motorist who witnessed the accident saw Mr. Haywood pass her car at "an extreme high rate of speed." The impact of the collision stopped the speedometer on Mr. Haywood's car at 84 mph, police said.

Investigators did not find skid marks on the highway where Mr. Haywood's car left the road, suggesting that he did not try to stop before crossing the median.

Mr. Haywood's car ran into one driven by Arthur H. Voight, 78, of Queens Village, N.Y., who died April 18 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His wife, Georgiana Voight, 76, and their grandson, John C. Hinojosa, 22, of Herndon, Va., were killed instantly.

Mr. Haywood's son, Andrew Haywood Jr., was thrown from the car and died several hours later at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. Mr. Haywood was treated for a broken right arm and a dislocated shoulder at the Shock Trauma Center and released April 5.

After the initial collision, police said, a tour bus from California carrying 45 students and chaperons struck Mr. Voight's car from behind. The bus ran down an embankment. One injury, a broken ankle, was reported by the passengers.

At yesterday's bail hearing,Harford District Judge John S. Landbeck Jr. and Mr. Christoforo reviewed Mr. Haywood's record, which showed that Mr. Haywood was arrested twice on drug-related charges,but was never prosecuted.

In addition, Mr. Haywood said he had pleaded guilty as a juvenile to theft charges in Allegheny County, Pa. Mr. Haywood told the judge he was riding with friends in a stolen car when the vehicle was stopped by police.

Mr. Haywood, who is single, told the judge that he lives with his aunt and cousins. He said his family owns and operates a restaurant in the 1200 block of Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore.

Mr. Haywood, whose right arm was in a cast, testified at the hearing on a video monitor from the county jail. He said he doesn't have an attorney yet, but has spoken to a public defender.

"I lost my very own son in this accident," he said. "I don't have any problems facing up to it."

If convicted,Mr. Haywood faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $5,000 in fines for each manslaughter count.

The April 1 accident was similar to one that occurred two days earlier 12 miles north on the same highway in which both drivers and three passengers were killed.

Alan Craver is a reporter for The Harford County Sun, a suburban edition of The Baltimore Sun.

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