Drunken driver in fatal crash to be sentenced

April 09, 1999|By Ed Gunts | Ed Gunts,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena man will be sentenced May 21 on manslaughter charges stemming from an April 1998 drunken-driving accident in which his car spun out of control and slammed into a tree, killing his passenger.

Joseph H. Schneider, 26, of the 7800 block of Catherine Ave. was indicted on 10 counts stemming from the accident on Marley Neck Road near Harundale.

The car's owner, Michelle L. Moore, 25, of the 1700 block of Hilyard Road in the Hillendale area of Baltimore County, died in the accident. Schneider was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for a broken leg and other injuries. Prosecutors said his blood alcohol level was 0.11; a level of 0.10 constitutes drunken driving in Maryland.

Yesterday, Schneider submitted an Alford plea to Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner in which he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. He was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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