Driver convicted of 4 counts in death of pedestrian, 42 2 years-plus imposed in hit-and-run.

October 09, 1991|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

Lester Franklin Wagner, of Bowleys Quarters, has four driver's licenses -- two from Maryland, one from Virginia and one from Florida. They're all suspended.

And Wagner, 39, was driving with those four suspended licenses Aug. 19, when his car struck Ava Mae Marr, who was walking in the eastbound lane of Eastern Boulevard near Stevens Road.

Wagner drove a couple of blocks, pulled into a convenience store and made a phone call. "I just run over somebody," a witness heard him say into the phone.

Marr, 42, of Middle River, died the next day in the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Yesterday, Wagner was convicted of four traffic offenses in Baltimore County District Court in Towson -- failure to stop at an accident scene involving death, failure to render assistance, driving on a suspended license and driving on a revoked license.

Judge Michael McCampbell, who said Wagner's driving and criminal record was one of the worst he's seen, imposed the maximum sentence of two years and four months in prison.

Because police didn't catch Wagner until Sept. 9, prosecutors had no evidence of speeding or reckless driving, and lacked sufficient evidence to charge him with automobile manslaughter, said Howard Merker, a deputy county state's attorney.

According to testimony at his trial, Wagner left behind the 1985 Pontiac Bonneville he was driving after making the phone call.

Merker said Wagner, who is on probation for two December 1988 drunken driving convictions, could face another 18 months in prison if his probation is revoked.

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