Marriottsville man arrested in crash that killed two teen-agers in June Driver, 19, is released on $25,000 unsecured bond

September 02, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Marriottsville man was arrested yesterday on manslaughter charges stemming from a fatal crash in Eldersburg in June in which two teen-age cousins died.

William J. Kassakatis of the 1200 block of Crystal Ridge Road was released on $25,000 unsecured bond after he was charged on two counts of auto manslaughter and nine related traffic counts, including reckless driving, negligent driving, speeding and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Killed in the June 23 crash in the 6600 block of Monroe Ave. were Jessica Erin Harley, 16, of the 1700 block of Maryland Ave. in Shady Side in Anne Arundel County, and Jill Marie Peay, 15, of the 7400 block of Norris Ave. in Sykesville. The girls were passengers in a car driven by Kassakatis.

Harley was visiting her cousin for a week, celebrating the begin- ning of summer vacation.

According to investigators, a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Kassakatis was traveling south on Monroe Avenue at 11: 40 p.m. when the car failed to slow for a curve, went out of control and veered off the road into a tree. The passenger side took the brunt of the impact.

In charging documents, prosecutors allege that Kassakatis was driving 56 mph in a 25-mph zone when the crash occurred.

Kassakatis was injured and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated. He is still wearing a cast on his wrist and hand.

David P. Daggett, deputy state's attorney for Carroll County, said he wanted Kassakatis arrested, fingerprinted and processed. He did not believe the teen-ager was a risk to flee to avoid prosecution, so he recommended to Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold that Kassakatis be freed on an unsecured $25,000 bond.

The recommendation was the same as that made for five others arrested in Carroll County on auto manslaughter charges since April.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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