Man, 18, pleads guilty to auto manslaughter

August 10, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of automobile manslaughter in connection with a head-on collision late last year that killed two people.

Oscar Molina of the 1600 block of Pleasantville Road stood quietly in court as Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. explained the proceedings and a Spanish-language interpreter translated.

Mr. Molina, who was 17 when he was arrested, could be sentenced to five years in prison and fined $5,000 on each count. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert J. Bittman said that Mr. Molina also could be deported to Mexico.

"It's my understanding that he came into the country with a visa, but the visa expired," Mr. Bittman said. "The INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] has already begun deportation proceedings. Once he finishes his prison sentence, they'll deport him."

M. Cristina Gutierrez, Mr. Molina's lawyer, said her client originally is from Mexico. "But no one will make a decision about his immigration status until the criminal case is over with," she said.

According to a statement of facts read into the court record by Mr. Bittman, Mr. Molina was traveling south on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard about 3:45 a.m. Dec. 18 when the collision occurred.

Mr. Molina's 1985 Ford van crossed the center line near the intersection of Camp Meade Road and collided head-on with a Geo Storm that was traveling north on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

The smaller car was pushed 30 feet backward, Mr. Bittman said.

The Geo's driver, Rachelle Lynn Sargent, 21, of the 1000 block of Little Baer Court in Baltimore, and a passenger, Scott Lyle Reagan, 22, of the 100 block of Furnlea Drive in Glen Burnie, were killed.

Two other people in the car, Jennifer Rebecca Myers, 20, of the 300 block of Regency Circle in Linthicum, and Michael Scott Fauceglio, 23, of the 100 block of Andel Court in Ferndale, were injured seriously.

Mr. Molina's blood-alcohol level was .149, over the legal limit of .10, Mr. Bittman said. The defendant was charged first as a juvenile, then as an adult because of the severity of the charges.

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