Man gets 10 years for fatal crash

April 29, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a multiple-vehicle accident in May that killed two women and seriously injured four members of a wedding party.

Eric E. Coan, 20, was convicted of two counts of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday in Harford County Circuit Court. Judge William O. Carr imposed a 20-year sentence, then suspended 10 years.

Coan, of the 700 block of Schofield Road, will be on probation for three years after his release, according to the Harford County state's attorney's office - with terms requiring that he remain drug- and alcohol-free and attend a drinking and driving monitoring program.

Police said Coan was speeding on westbound Route 155 west of Havre de Grace when he struck a van from behind. The van crossed the center line and collided with a sport utility vehicle that was carrying members of a wedding party coming from a rehearsal dinner. The driver and the passenger in the van died.

At the time of the accident, Coan had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, police said.

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