Severn man pleads guilty to homicide by automobile

Accident on BW Parkway in January killed 3

October 04, 2002|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

While teary victims' relatives watched - some after traveling thousands of miles - a Severn man pleaded guilty yesterday to causing what Anne Arundel County prosecutors said was the only car crash to claim three lives in recent years in the county.

Michael Anthony Reck, 27, of the 1700 block of Barnwood Court, pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide by automobile while under the influence of alcohol for the accident Jan. 6 that killed a U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian and his wife and a Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer. The three were sharing a limousine from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Reck spoke only to answer questions from Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth. He remains free on $90,000 bail pending sentencing in December.

Assistant State's Attorney Shelly A. Stickell said she intends to seek substantial prison time when Reck is sentenced. The maximum for each count is five years, although state guidelines recommend probation to two years.

Stickell said Reck's blood alcohol level was 0.11 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, when it was measured about 2 1/2 hours after the accident. She said that, in light of the poor weather conditions the night of the crash, she agreed to accept a plea to the charge of homicide - rather than manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison but requires proof of disregard for life.

Adrian Guzman-Torres, 61, and his wife, Aiko Vehara de Guzman, 64, both of Puerto Rico, and David W. Miller, 35, of Silver Spring were killed.

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