Man gets 8 years for hit-and-run that killed firefighter

August 28, 2002|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A 34-year-old Perry Hall man was sentenced yesterday to eight years for auto manslaughter in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Baltimore firefighter in September.

Edward M. Ostrowski of the 4200 block of Penn Ave. was sentenced by Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II.

Ernest Ceriale Jr., 45, a 23-year veteran assigned to the Fells Point station, was killed Sept. 21 while riding his motorcycle in the 9000 block of Belair Road.

Assistant State's Attorney Garret Glennon said Ceriale had slowed as traffic backed up about 8 p.m. when Ostrowski struck him from behind with his pickup truck. Ceriale was thrown to the roadway, and Ostrowski drove over him as he left the scene, Glennon said.

A motorist reported Ostrowski's license number to police. Ostrowski had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent at the time of his arrest, Glennon said.

Ostrowski pleaded guilty June 4 to auto manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

Ostrowski was given probation before judgment for a drunken driving charge in 1995, but continued to drink and violated the terms of his probation three times, Glennon said.

Glennon also said medical evidence showed Ceriale might have lived if Ostrowski had not run over him.

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