Teen charged with manslaughter in Finksburg accident


An 18-year-old male has been charged with manslaughter and other charges in a September accident in Finksburg that killed two teenagers, state police said yesterday.

The teen, whose name was withheld by police because he was a juvenile at the time of the accident, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter by automobile and two counts homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, in addition to other charges.

The accident occurred about 1:40 a.m. Sept. 5 when the teenage driver of a 1998 Jeep Wrangler hit a tree while negotiating a sharp curve on Slasmans Road west of Niner Road. Zachary David Ondrish of the 600 block of Blizzard Farm Lane in Westminster and Keith Michael Flem of Pine Hill, N.J., died at the scene.

The driver and two other teenagers -- Kevin Michael Redmond of the 1700 block of Fawn Way in Finksburg and Matthew Ryan Wood of the 1100 block of Jeffras Court near Smallwood -- were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and have since been released.

An investigation determined that speed and alcohol were factors in the accident.

The driver's blood-alcohol content was 0.10 percent, and investigators estimated that the speed of the Jeep was 39 mph in a 25-mph zone, police said.

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