2 men indicted in fatal car crashes

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.

James J. Carroll, 18, of 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.

Brian M. Morrison, 22, of 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 pole. August was ejected from the car.

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