Two drivers guilty in unrelated fatal cases

They enter pleas, await sentencing

one sued by family of victim

June 18, 2000|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Two drivers pleaded guilty Friday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to charges that they killed people while behind the wheel.

Mhamed Bouadjemi, 46, state records show, has three previous convictions for mixing alcohol and driving.

He can receive up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 2 on a conviction of automobile manslaughter.

He also pleaded guilty before Judge Ronald A. Silkworth to two counts of causing a life-threatening injury while intoxicated.

Fourteen related charges will be dropped.

Relatives of the victim, 43-year-old Darla Lee Rodey, a registered nurse, said they would like him to receive the maximum sentence.

Their civil suit against Bouadjemi is pending.

"I am going to ask for a substantial period of incarceration," said William Roessler, deputy state's attorney

The crash occurred Nov. 26. A Chevrolet Suburban driven by Bouadjemi, of the 600 block of Powhatan Beach Road in Pasadena, was eastbound on Mountain Road.

It crossed the center line near Outing Avenue and collided with a Nissan sedan driven by Rodey, of the 1000 block of Olen Court in Glen Burnie.

Bouadjemi told police he swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway.

In the other case, Diana Marie Schirmacher, 21, of the 800 block of Outing Ave. in Pasadena pleaded guilty to homicide while driving under the influence.

That crime carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Nine related charges were dropped. She will be sentenced Aug. 24.

The plea agreement calls for a punishment within state sentencing guidelines, which would fall between probation and two years in prison, said Assistant State's Attorney Shelly Stickell.

The accident occurred Aug 8. James E. Poist, 29, of the 4700 block of Curtis Ave. in Baltimore was fatally struck while walking with a friend along Route 648 in Pasadena.

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