Stevensville man convicted in Arnold highway fatality

Alcohol-impaired driver killed median worker

January 30, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Alcohol-impaired driver Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner convicted yesterday Earl Wayne Bowers, 45, of Stevensville of homicide while impaired by alcohol and of related traffic charges, prosecutors said.

Killed in the Feb. 11 accident was Giovany Acosta, 24, of Reisterstown, one of three workers pruning bushes in the median of Ritchie Highway in Arnold. The other two were hurt. Police said a van, which police said Bowers was driving, plunged into the men.

Bowers contended that he had a beer and sandwich just before the crash because, as a diabetic, he felt he needed something to stave off a blackout. He said he felt better but blacked out to find his van had run onto the median. Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said Bowers had a blood alcohol level of 0.07.

Bowers was found not guilty on charges of automobile manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in jail, and of causing a life-threatening injury, the prosecutor said.

Hackner ordered that Bowers, who is on probation for a property crime, have his vehicle outfitted with an ignition lock to block driving after consuming alcohol, Roessler said. Sentencing is scheduled for March 25. He could be sentenced to up to three years of incarceration.

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