A 53-year-old Columbia man whose pickup truck struck and killed an elderly woman last November was found guilty Friday by a Howard County Circuit Court judge of failing to stop at a crosswalk and leaving the scene of an accident.
James Beaman had pleaded not guilty. On Friday, he agreed with an account of the accident told in court by Assistant State's Attorney Danielle Duclaux.
Prosecutors said they will ask Judge Lenore R. Gelfman to impose a one-year jail term when Beamen is sentenced July 14. Gelfman called the fatal accident "a terrible tragedy."
Prosecutors said witnesses saw Beaman's white Toyota pickup truck "wobbling" and "fishtailing" as he tried to brake when Ayten Icgoren, 81, was crossing the 7200 block of Cradlerock Drive on the wet and cloudy rnorning of Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving.
One witness saw Icgoren "pick up her pace" as the truck came toward her, but she could not get out the way, said Duclaux. Beaman continued on, and then stopped in the Owen Brown Village Center. He returned to the accident scene after police and paramedics arrived, said Duclaux.
Icgoren was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died the next day.
She had gained notoriety after a 2008 conviction for cruelty and neglect of her cats. Last year, she was sentenced to six months in jail after a judge found that she violated terms of her probation by having a cat, though the court had barred her from keeping the animals. Her daughter, Nese Icgoren, was convicted last year of animal cruelty and sentenced to 74 days in jail, one for each cat that died.