Man, 62, gets one year in jail for fatal drunken driving crash

Manchester woman, 20, died in head-on collision

September 23, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Carroll Circuit Court judge sentenced a Hampstead man yesterday to one year in jail on a charge stemming from a fatal drunken driving crash and ordered him to carry a picture of the 20-year-old victim.

George A. Fredericks III, 62, who lived in Chambersburg, Pa., at the time of the incident Nov. 27, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, nearly twice the legal limit for driving while intoxicated, court documents showed.

Catherine Anne Mullikin of Manchester was a passenger in a Geo Spectrum driven by Jane Kelly, her 20-year-old roommate, when Fredericks drove his Oldsmobile Delta 88 across the center line of Route 482 near Hampstead, causing the head-on collision.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. listened in the jammed courtroom as family and friends of the victim and the defendant spoke emotionally about the impact of the tragic accident.

Fredericks acknowledged that he deserved punishment.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom," said prosecutor David P. Daggett, an assistant state's attorney, who had sought a sentence of 18 months in jail and 18 months on home detention.

"What made this case so difficult was that everyone involved on both sides was so nice," Daggett added. "The judge was right in following state sentencing guidelines -- probation to two years -- for homicide by motor vehicle.

"My request [for 36 months] was probably too aggressive, and Judge Beck had said he thought my request was too high. He found the proper compromise, a two-year sentence with one year suspended."

Pub Date: 9/23/99

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