Petty Officer Guilty Of Dui In Woman's Traffic Death

February 27, 1992|By Staff report

A 21-year-old Navy petty officer was convicted yesterday of driving under the influence of alcohol in a September 1991 accident that killed a 74-year-old woman crossing the street near her Bay Ridge home.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry Martin Davidson III, of the 1200 block of Graff Court in Annapolis, also was found guilty of speeding in the accident that killed Dorothy Cronin of the 1700 block of Bay RidgeAve. But Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. found him not guilty on more serious charges of automobile manslaughter while intoxicated and automobile manslaughter while impaired.

Davidson was also found not guilty of drunken driving and reckless and negligent driving during a hearing in county Circuit Court.

Cronin was crossing Bay Ridge Avenue near her home when she was struck by Davidson's 1991 Ford Escort. Prosecutors have said tests showed Davidson had a blood-alcohol content of .10 percent -- the legal limit for driving while intoxicated.

Davidson faces a maximum of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine at his sentencing, scheduled for March 16.

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