Man indicted in truck crash that killed cousin

21-year-old faces alcohol, manslaughter charges

June 13, 2000|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A Shady Side man has been indicted on manslaughter and related charges in the death of his cousin a year ago in a pickup truck crash.

Edward Wayne Gottschalk, 21, of 5100 block of Park Ave. is charged with negligent manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; drunken driving; driving on a suspended license; and eight other counts in the June 12, 1999, accident that killed Thomas James Allen, 19, also of Shady Side.

Gottschalk was indicted May 12, but the indictment was sealed, according to county Circuit Court records. It was unsealed Friday after he was arrested at his home. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $300,000, a state's attorney's office spokeswoman said.

Gottschalk's attorney, Isaiah Dixon III, said yesterday that he will ask a Circuit Court judge on Friday to reduce his client's bail. .

"He has fully recovered from his physical injuries," Dixon said. "But the psychological scars are very much with him and will be for the rest of his life."

The crash occurred about 4 a.m. on Mount Zion Marlboro Road, west of Boones Drive. Police said Gottschalk was driving a 1995 Ford pickup truck when he missed a curve. The pickup veered off the road and struck a guardrail before crossing the center line and striking two large trees. The truck flipped upon impact.

Allen was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later. Gottschalk and a second passenger, Stephen Jason Langley, 21, of the 4600 block of Walters Lane, Harwood, were treated for their injuries at Prince George's Hospital Center.

A breath test showed Gottschalk's blood alcohol level at .12 percent, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office. In Maryland, .10 percent is considered legally drunk.

No one in the truck was wearing a seat belt, Riggin said.

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