Hampstead man charged in fatal accident

Negligent homicide is among counts

September 06, 2007|By Laura McCandlish

A Hampstead man was charged yesterday with negligent manslaughter in a fatal crash in April in Eldersburg that killed the driver of a pickup truck, state police said.

Joseph K. Nash, 44, of the 2400 block of Fairmount Road was charged with one count of negligent manslaughter by automobile, two counts of negligent homicide by automobile, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, reckless driving, negligent driving and failure to drive right of center, according to court documents.

Nash was westbound on Route 26 when his Ford Excursion crossed the centerline and struck a 2000 Chevy S-10 pickup truck just west of Oakland Mills Road on April 20, police said. The Excursion then struck an eastbound Honda Civic, according to police.

The driver of the pickup, Lawrence F. Knoerlein Jr., 57, of Sykesville, died of accident-related injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

The driver of the Honda Civic, Randall D. Bernstein, 48, of Marriottsville, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

If convicted, Nash could receive up to 16 years and four months in prison and be fined $18,000, police said. he was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 1 in Carroll County Circuit Court.

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