Driver jailed in 4 deaths, including son's Haywood weeps, asks forgiveness

October 15, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

Sobbing and pleading for mercy, a Baltimore man received a 10-year prison sentence yesterday for manslaughter by automobile in a head-on collision on Interstate 95 that killed four people, including his 19-month-old son.

Harford Circuit Judge William O. Carr sentenced Anthony W. Haywood Sr., 24, to five years on each of four auto manslaughter counts. But the judge suspended 10 years of the sentence as part of a plea agreement.

Blood and urine samples taken from Haywood after the April 1991 accident were found to contain opiates and Doriden, a depressant. Investigators said they did not believe Haywood had a prescription for the drugs.

Haywood was driving southbound on I-95 near Aberdeen when his 1990 Ford Probe crossed the grassy 30-foot median and entered the northbound lanes, where it struck a 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity head on.

Killed were Haywood's son, Anthony Jr.; the driver of the Celebrity, Arthur H. Voigt, 77, of Queens Village, N.Y.; and Mr. Voigt's wife, Georgiana M. Voigt, 76; and their grandson, John C. Hinojosa, 21, of Herndon, Va. Haywood, who was wearing a seat belt, walked away

with minor injuries.

Before being sentenced, Haywood said that the events of the accident have drained him. "I have lost the most important thing in my life, my son, and I live with the loneliness, grief and pain every day," he said.

Haywood also turned to relatives of the victims, saying, "I'm so very, very sorry. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

"Being sorry isn't enough," Judge Carr told Haywood. "Your trauma, pain and suffering was self-induced. What about the pain the victims' families must endure?"

Jean Hinojosa, daughter of the Voigts and mother of John Hinojosa, said later the 10-year sentence was the best she could hope for "with the way today's justice system works."

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