A Laurel man whose car struck the back of a moped, killing its 52-year-old operator, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a Howard County circuit judge.
Scott Anthony Oakley, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while intoxicated in the May 18, 1991 accident that killed Marion Edward Loan of Savage.
Oakely also pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and failure to give assistance to an injured person.
Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. last week suspended the remaining 18 months of a three-year sentence and sentenced Oakley to 60 days for leaving the accident scene, to be served concurrently with the auto homicide sentence. Oakley is eligible to apply for work-release status.
Kane placed Oakley on three years supervised probation and ordered him to participate in alcohol counseling and to abstain from alcohol.
William Cookson, assistant state's attorney, said Oakley, who was traveling south on Washington Boulevard in a 1988 Dodge, struck the rear of Loan's moped at the intersection of Whiskey Bottom Road.
A witness identified Oakley's license tag number, and police arrested him at his home shortly after the accident.
Police found Oakley to be glassy-eyed and detected an odor of alcohol. He registered .10 on a Breathalyzer test. Under Maryland law, a driver is intoxicated if he has a blood alcohol level of .10 or higher.
Oakley admitted to police that he knew he had struck the moped and didn't offer help to Loan, who was thrown from his bike.
Loan, whose only method of transportation was his moped, died on May 24 at Prince George's General Hospital from injuries related to the accident.
Dwight Thompson, deputy state's attorney, said the state's case against Oakley wasn't particularly strong because of the absence of high rates of speed and a high level of alcohol consumption.
Cookson said Loan's family left the disposition of the case up to the State's Attorneys Office.
"If you've got a case where you may end up with nothing, then sometimes you're better off taking a plea," Thompson said.