Sentence in fatal car crash

May 24, 2008

A 24-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in a car accident in December 2006 that killed a passenger in his car, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Antonio Washington of Hyattsville was driving south on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at 3 a.m. in a Ford Taurus with its headlights turned off when it passed an Acura just south of Route 175 in Howard County, cut across several lanes of traffic and went airborne into the woods. Prosecutors said the Taurus, being driven in excess of 90 mph, flipped several times and slammed into a tree.

One passenger, identified as Vincent Forrest, was not injured. Another passenger, Ricardo Mitchell, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died Jan. 6, 2007.

Prosecutors said that Washington's blood tested positive for marijuana and that the occupants of the car had been smoking the drug in Baltimore three hours before the crash.

The U.S. Park Police investigated the accident.

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