A Glen Burnie motorist pleaded guilty yesterday to auto manslaughter stemming from a drunken-driving accident last April that killed his best friend.
Mathew Williams, 28, of the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive, faces 10 years in prison.
Williams was driving his 1988 Ford Festiva at about 1 a.m. April 26 east along Crain Highway, near its intersection with Nolpark Court in Glen Burnie. Trying to make a left turn into the parking lot of a tavern at the intersection, he crossed the path of a car being driven west by Norman Bolander III of Glen Burnie.
The cars collided, and James E. Colby, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla., was ejected from Williams' car, which went into a spin and toppled over onto the victim, according to a court statement.
Police said Williams had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, that he failed a field sobriety test and scored 0.24 on a Breathalyzer test.
Assistant State's Attorney Frank Rangione said Mr. Colby was Williams's best friend and that the victim's mother and wife both have asked that Williams not be sent to prison.
Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for Dec. 1.
As a condition of the plea, Williams agreed to pay $6,320 in funeral expenses to the victim's widow.