Ellicott City man guilty in crash that killed one in Glen Burnie

July 07, 2004|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

In what the judge called a "difficult case," an Ellicott City man was convicted yesterday of negligent homicide while impaired in the death of a speeding motorist in Glen Burnie last summer.

Jamel Maurice Reid, 25, was convicted by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge David S. Bruce of the charge and related violations in the crash that killed Francis David Buchacz, 26, of Essex on July 9.

Reid, who was presumed impaired in the crash because his blood-alcohol level was 0.07 percent, could receive up to three years in prison when sentenced in September.

Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said he will seek at least two years' incarceration.

According to police, Buchacz was driving his Mercury Cougar east on Ordnance Road at a speed of at least 70 mph shortly after midnight. His blood-alcohol level was between 0.05 percent and 0.06 percent, Roessler said, indicating that he was not legally impaired.

The car left a skid mark of 66 feet before colliding with a Jeep Liberty driven by Reid that was turning left onto southbound Route 10 at about 15 mph.

Buchacz was pronounced dead at the scene.

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