Drugs Found In Driver Of Fatal Accident

May 05, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

A Baltimore man charged with four counts of manslaughter in an April1 accident on Interstate 95 near Aberdeen that killed four people 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, found Doriden, morphine and codeine in his system at the time of the 10:35 a.m. accident, a police report filed in HarfordDistrict Court said.

Police did not say how much of the drugs was present. Investigators said they do not believe Haywood had a prescription for the drugs.

Haywood, who was arrested after turning himself in to police Monday, has been released from the county Detention Center on $10,000 bond. The bail was reduced from $50,000 at a hearing Wednesday before District Judge John S. Landbeck Jr.

Information that could result in Haywood being indicted on more charges has been presented to a county grand jury, Assistant

State's Attorney William G. Christoforo Jr. said.

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

Haywood's 18-month-old son, Anthony Jr., a New York couple and their grandson were killed when Haywood's southbound Ford Probe crossed a grassymedian strip and collided head-on with an oncoming Chevrolet Celebrity.

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. Hionojosa, 22, of Herndon, Va., were killed instant ly.

Anthony Haywood Jr. was thrown from his father's car and died several hours laterat Harford Memorial Hospital.

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

After the initial collision, police said, a tour bus carrying 45 students and chaperons from California struck Voight's car from behind. The busthen ran down an embankment and into a stand of trees.

One injury, a broken ankle, was reported by the passengers.

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