Two men involved in fatal car crashes are indicted on manslaughter charges

March 28, 2001|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County grand jury has indicted two men on automobile manslaughter charges stemming from accidents last year that killed their passengers.

The nine-count indictments were unsealed by a circuit judge late Monday. Both drivers were charged with negligent manslaughter and related charges, and were released on $100,000 bond. The maximum prison term for negligent manslaughter by automobile is 10 years.

James J. Carroll, 18, of the 8100 block of Silo Court in Severn was charged in the death Dec. 1 of Ashley C. Booth, 22, of Gambrills.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Carroll failed to negotiate a turn on New Cut Road and struck a tree, police said. The impact crushed the passenger side of the car, killing Booth. Carroll was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for head and abdominal injuries.

Brian M. Morrison, 22, of the 1400 block of Old Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena was charged in an accident Aug. 6 that killed Christopher August, 17, of Riviera Beach.

About 3 a.m., Morrison lost control of his vehicle, according to police reports. The car skidded, crossed the center line of Fort Smallwood Road and slammed into a utility pole. August was ejected from the car.

Morrison was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center for several injuries.

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