Woman indicted in death of girl hit by car Charges include link to alcohol use

February 02, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A Westminster woman was indicted yesterday on a charge of homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the death of a 9-year-old girl who was struck by a car in December.

A Carroll County grand jury also indicted Lisa Ann McLain, 20, of Opal Avenue on charges of automobile manslaughter, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to control speed and exceeding the speed limit.

Ashley Elizabeth Frazier was struck about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 22 by a 1990 Toyota Camry as she ran for a bus on Coon Club Road.

The fourth-grader at Spring Garden Elementary School died that afternoon at the children's center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

At the time, police said sun shining into the driver's eyes might have contributed to the accident.

The indictment contends that Ms. McLain was driving at least 59 DTC mph in a 35 mph zone. It does not reveal Ms. McLain's blood alcohol content after the accident.

Capt. Gregory M. Shipley, a state police spokesman, refused to provide Ms. McLain's blood alcohol content yesterday, citing state police policy. Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes did not return calls.

Ms. McLain's attorney, Thomas E. Hickman, is out of the country. His partner, Edward Ulsch, declined to comment yesterday afternoon, saying he had not seen the indictment.

In a news release dated Jan. 18, Mr. Hickman wrote that his client was "not intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol as those terms are defined in our state law."

Under Maryland law, a person is driving under the influence with a .07 percent blood alcohol content; the criterion for driving while intoxicated is .10 percent. State law also requires that drivers involved in potentially fatal traffic accidents be tested for blood alcohol content.

Others indicted yesterday included:

Christopher Charles Feenstra, 16, of Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster, on charges of attempted second-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and related charges in the stabbing of John Metcalf Curran, 33, in Union Bridge on Jan. 4.

Dennis Lee Walls Sr., 20, of King Street in Littlestown, Pa., on charges including armed robbery and false imprisonment in connection with a robbery at the Union Mills General Store on Jan. 13.

Matthew Allen Follett, 21, of Tyrone on charges including attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, robbery and carjacking in an attack on Ray Cook at Fox's Pizza Den on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Oct. 31.

Jonathan Michael Wike, 19, of East Main Street on charges including carjacking and assault with intent to rob in the attack on Mr. Cook.

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