Driver accused of 28 counts in fatal Carroll Co. accident April crash killed 1 man, seriously injured 6 people

September 01, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A former Westminster man was arrested yesterday and held without bail on 28 charges, including auto manslaughter and vehicular homicide while intoxicated, in a fatal collision on Route 140 near Taneytown in April.

Jeffrey B. Quante IV, 26, of Hanover, Pa., also was charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence of controlled dangerous substances in the head-on crash, in which one man was killed and six people were seriously injured.

Court records show that police believe Quante had left the scene of a burglary a short time before his Toyota pickup truck crossed the center line on Route 140 east of Tyrone Road on April 6 and slammed into a maroon Dodge van.

The driver of the van, Richard Robinson, 28, of Randallstown, died at the scene.

Four passengers in the van -- Robinson's wife, Mary, 27; his mother, Diane, 47; and two toddler children, Bradley and Zachary -- were injured. Also injured were Quante and Lauren Menichini of Prospect Park, Pa. Menichini was traveling in a Mercury Sable behind the van and was unable to avoid a collision with the pickup.

hTC In charging documents, state police said Quante told them he was suffering from a leg injury, was addicted to pain medication and was trying to obtain more any way he could.

Prosecutors waited for results of toxicology tests before filing charges stemming from the fatal collision.

Pub Date: 9/01/98

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