Judge finds man reckless in fatal crash

May 29, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A 23-year-old Linwood man was found guilty of reckless driving and fined $600 last week for his involvement in a Taneytown crash that killed two people in August.

In a Wednesday trial, District Court Judge Donald M. Smith convicted Chad Christopher Pollard of the first block of Pipe Creek Road on charges of reckless and negligent driving, failure to drive right of center and speeding.

"We're pleased with the sentence," said Assistant State's Attorney Christy McFaul. "This was an extremely difficult case to sentence on because of the tragedy behind the charges."

Speed and recklessness were factors in the Aug. 21 pickup truck crash on Trevanion Road that instantly killed Thomas Alan Wiles, 23, of the 1500 block of Crouse Mill Road and Wayne Eugene Harley Jr., 22, of the 4000 block of Baptist Road.

Investigators said the two were northbound on Trevanion Road in a 1993 GMC pickup when a 1993 Ford driven by Mr. Pollard -- a friend -- attempted to pass on a curve.

Mr. Pollard had to drop back quickly to avoid hitting a southbound vehicle head-on.

The Ford, pulling back into the right lane, struck the left rear bumper of the GMC.

The truck spun out counter-clockwise, crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the two-lane road, striking some trees broadside.

Mr. Pollard was not injured in the accident.

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