Man pleads guilty in DWI homicide

May 05, 1992

An Annapolis man faces up to five years in prison and a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty yesterday to vehicular homicide while intoxicated in a November 1991 accident that killed a man crossing the street with his dog.

Kenneth James Campbell, 36, of the first block of Silopanna Road, pleaded guilty to running down and killing Kevin Hicks, 41, of the 1700 block of Belle Drive, on Nov. 20, 1991. Hicks was pronounced dead shortly after being struck by Campbell's 1976 Ford pickup truck while walking his dog at 8:40 p.m. along Forest Drive, prosecutors said. Hicks' 4-month-old German shepherd puppy also was killed.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said witnesses were prepared to testify Campbell was driving above the posted speed limit of 40 miles per hour and was driving without his headlights when he struck Hicks. Ferris said a blood test taken after the accident showed Campbell had a blood alcohol level of .18 percent. A blood alcohol level of .10 percent or more is evidence of intoxication.

Ferris said the state would also seek restitution of about $4,000 to cover the victim's burial and emergency room bills.

County Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for June 12.

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