Teen driver in fatal crash put on home monitoring Case could move to adult court

June 29, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 16-year-old Mount Airy youth who was driving a stolen car in which three teen-agers died in a June 6 crash in Carroll County, was released yesterday from a juvenile center on electronic home monitoring.

Carroll Juvenile Master Peter M. Tabatsko placed Donny Eugene Simms on the home monitoring yesterday while the youth waits to see whether three charges of automobile manslaughter against him will be moved to Carroll Circuit Court from the state's juvenile system.

In addition, the youth faces charges of auto theft, driving without a license, reckless driving and alcohol possession as a juvenile.

The Simms youth had been held at the Charles W. Hickey School XTC in Parkville since June 6, when the stolen Toyota Corolla he was driving at speeds up to 110 mph, according to police, crashed near a bridge on Liberty Road near Liberty Reservoir.

Eight teen-agers were in the car when it crashed. Six of them were thrown onto the two-lane roadway as the eastbound car went out of control and flipped onto its roof.

When the car came to rest, three of the teens -- 15-year-old best friends Dink Diggs of Mount Airy and Christopher Norris of Marriottsville, and Donny's 15-year-old sister, Donna -- were dead.

The five survivors were sent to hospitals in Baltimore and in Baltimore and Carroll counties.

Melissa "Missy" Costley and Angela Nichole "Nikki" Costley -- 15-year-old sisters from Gaithersburg -- spent days in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with severe head and leg injuries.

Tony Liason, 17, and Danny Barnes, 16, both cousins of Donna and Donny Simms and both of Gaithersburg, were treated at area hospitals. They, too, face charges of auto theft and alcohol possession that stem from the accident.

Danny has been on home detention since June 7.

Tony could be released from the Hickey School after a July 7 hearing before Master Tabatsko.

William T. Wood of Rockville, the Simms youth's attorney, said yesterday that the Carroll state's attorney's office had not filed a petition to have the case moved to the adult court system.

Assistant State's Attorney Erin Danz, who argued against releasing the Simms youth yesterday, did not return phone calls later. Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman referred questions to Ms. Danz.

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