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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1998
A glance between drivers leaving a Westminster shopping center set off a fatal three-car, 5.3-mile race along Route 140 in June, a Carroll County Circuit Court jury heard yesterday.Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster said he glanced at Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville and "the race was on."Eppig testified during the third day of the auto manslaughter trial Broadfoot and Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, of Westminster, who is accused of joining the race that ended with a collision that killed a Westminster woman.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1998
A glance between drivers leaving a Westminster shopping center set off a fatal three-car, 5.3-mile race along Route 140 in June, a Carroll County Circuit Court jury heard yesterday.Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster said he glanced at Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville and "the race was on."Eppig testified during the third day of the auto manslaughter trial Broadfoot and Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, of Westminster, who is accused of joining the race that ended with a collision that killed a Westminster woman.
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February 15, 2005
Weekend in jail for man who drove car through field A 28-year-old Westminster man will spend this weekend at the Carroll County Detention Center for driving through a soybean field in September - a violation of the conditions of his release after his conviction in a June 1998 drag-racing accident on Route 140 that killed a Mount Airy Middle School teacher. Mark E. Eppig pleaded guilty in 1998 to automobile manslaughter and second-degree assault and served 19 months. Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu died and her 15-year-old daughter was injured in the crash, which occurred as they were driving home to Westminster from Finksburg.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 19, 1998
A Westminster man on trial for auto manslaughter told a jury yesterday that he was speeding, but not racing, before a deadly accident along Route 140 in June.Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, said his car had two broken and one damaged studs on the left-front wheel and was shaking too wildly to drive faster than 75 mph.Hensen is one of two men on trial on auto manslaughter charges in Carroll Circuit Court. The defense of co-defendant Scott D. Broadfoot, 25, of Parkville was to continue today, the fourth day of testimony.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1998
A Westminster man pleaded guilty yesterday to auto manslaughter and, in return for his promise to testify against two co-defendants, will serve no more than three years in jail.Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster was found guilty by Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold. The judge set sentencing for Nov. 20.In a statement of facts, prosecutor David P. Daggett said witnesses, including a Baltimore County police officer, would have testified that Eppig and two men were racing east on Route 140 near Finksburg when the fatal accident occurred June 1.He said the officer was not able to keep up with Eppig's Nissan and two sports cars -- driven by Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, of Westminster and Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville -- along the divided highway, but came upon the crash scene seconds later.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1998
A third suspect accused in a fatal drag race near Finksburg that killed a Mount Airy Middle School teacher June 1 was arrested yesterday on auto manslaughter and assault charges.Mark E. Eppig, 22, of the first block of Chase St. in Westminster was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond.Eppig was charged with manslaughter in the death of Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu, 42, of Westminster and with the second-degree assault of Min-li Wu, 14, a passenger in her mother's car. The girl was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated and released the next day.Eppig also was charged with two counts of reckless driving, negligent driving, participating in a speed contest, exceeding 85 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, failing to drive in a reasonable and prudent manner, passing unsafely and failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2000
The man who admitted guilt and twice testified against two co-defendants in the 1998 racing death of a Mount Airy Middle School teacher has been released from jail after serving 19 months, without opposition from the prosecution. Mark E. Eppig, 24, of Westminster had been ordered to serve three years of a 10-year sentence on his guilty plea to automobile manslaughter and second-degree assault. Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu was killed and her daughter Min-li Wu, then 15, was injured in the crash at 9:30 p.m. June 1, 1998, while they were headed home to Westminster on Route 140 from Finksburg, where the teen-ager had a homework assignment.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1998
A man accused of auto manslaughter was playing "follow the leader" or "leapfrog" with two motorists along Route 140 when one of them struck and killed a Westminster woman, his attorney said yesterday during the first day of a jury trial.In his opening statement, J. Barry Hughes, representing Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, of Westminster, told jurors that his client was playing the game with two men -- one of whom is also on trial in Carroll Circuit Court -- between Westminster and Finksburg on June 1.Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster lost control, crossed the median and slammed into a green Mitsubishi, instantly killing its driver, Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu, 42, a middle school teacher.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 13, 1998
Opening statements are expected to be heard today in the trial of two men accused of auto manslaughter in the death of a Westminster woman during a race by three men along Route 140 in June.Twelve jurors and three alternates was chosen yesterday to hear the case against Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville and Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, of Westminster.Earlier, Judge Daniel W. Moylan rejected motions to move the case from Carroll County because of pretrial publicity.Moylan, a retired Washington County judge, said defense lawyers failed to prove that a plethora of newspaper articles and television newscasts made it impossible to seat a fair and impartial panel from 59 prospective jurors.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2000
The man who admitted guilt and twice testified against two co-defendants in the 1998 racing death of a Mount Airy Middle School teacher has been released from jail after serving 19 months, without opposition from the prosecution. Mark E. Eppig, 24, of Westminster had been ordered to serve three years of a 10-year sentence on his guilty plea to automobile manslaughter and second-degree assault. Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu was killed and her daughter Min-li Wu, then 15, was injured in the crash at 9:30 p.m. June 1, 1998, while they were headed home to Westminster on Route 140 from Finksburg, where the teen-ager had a homework assignment.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2000
A three-judge panel upheld yesterday a five-year sentence that a Westminster man received for his role in causing the death of a Carroll County teacher while he and two others were speeding on Route 140 in June 1998. The driving record of Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 22, one of two men convicted by a jury of auto manslaughter in the death of Geraldine "Geri" Lane Wu, was the worst of any 21-year-old the judges had seen, they wrote in a four-page opinion. "The record makes it obvious that Mr. Hensen was a menace on the highway," the panel -- retired Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky, and Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway -- wrote.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1999
A 22-year-old Westminster man whose six-year sentence in the 1998 auto manslaughter of a Mount Airy Middle School teacher has already been reduced by a year returned to court yesterday, asking a panel of judges for more leniency.The judges, Francis M. Arnold and Michael M. Galloway of Circuit Court and Marc G. Rasinsky of District Court, heard arguments and testimony regarding the defendant, Frederick H. Hensen Jr., for almost two hours.By statute, the panel must put render its decision in writing.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1999
The man whose speeding car killed a Mount Airy Middle School teacher on Route 140 last year must serve at least 18 months before a judge will consider reducing his sentence.Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster pleaded guilty in October to automobile manslaughter and second-degree assault, and in December began serving a three-year term at the Carroll County Detention Center with work release.Yesterday, his motion for modification of that sentence was held open by Judge Daniel W. Moylan, a retired Circuit Court judge from Washington County who has been hearing cases in Carroll -- including the trial of Eppig's two co-defendants.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1999
The Carroll County sheriff met yesterday with the judge who handed down a four-year jail term to a man convicted of automobile manslaughter and said he was satisfied that the circumstances justified a departure from the normal 18-month limit for the detention center.Judge Daniel W. Moylan said he "reached a good understanding" with Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning in a morning meeting yesterday at the state police barracks in Frederick.The defendant, Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville reported as ordered to the Carroll County Detention Center by 5 p.m. yesterday, to begin serving a four-year sentence with work-release imposed by Moylan, a retired Washington County judge who has been hearing cases in Carroll since the summer.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1999
Two men who caused the death of a Mount Airy Middle School teacher while drag-racing on Route 140 in June were convicted of manslaughter and assault by a Carroll County jury yesterday.The Circuit Court jury deliberated for about four hours -- after a seven-day trial -- before finding Frederick H. Hensen Jr. and Scott D. Broadfoot Sr. guilty of manslaughter by automobile and second-degree assault.Neither was driving the car that killed Geraldine "Geri" Lane Wu of Westminster and injured her daughter, Min-li Wu, 15, in the crash near Finksburg about 9: 30 p.m. June 1.Hensen, 22, of Westminster and Broadfoot, 25, of Parkville declined to comment after the verdicts.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1999
A Westminster man who pleaded guilty in October to auto manslaughter testified yesterday against two co-defendants that he was racing them down Route 140 last summer at "about 100 mph or more" when he lost control near Finksburg, crashed and killed a popular Mount Airy Middle School teacher.Mark E. Eppig, 22, told a Carroll County Circuit Court jury that he and the co-defendants, Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 22, of Westminster and Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville had not planned to race before setting out from the parking lot of a Westminster fast-food restaurant on the evening of June 1.Eppig testified for the state against Hensen and Broadfoot in November.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1998
A Carroll County jury adjourned last night without reaching a verdict in the auto manslaughter trial of two of three men accused of racing on Route 140 just before a crash killed a Westminster woman.Killed in the June 1 crash was Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu, 42, a teacher at Mount Airy Middle School. Her daughter, Min-li, now 15, was injured in the collision when a maroon Nissan driven by Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster went out of control and crossed the grass median, slamming into Mrs. Wu's Mitsubishi.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1999
A Westminster man who pleaded guilty in October to auto manslaughter testified yesterday against two co-defendants that he was racing them down Route 140 last summer at "about 100 mph or more" when he lost control near Finksburg, crashed and killed a popular Mount Airy Middle School teacher.Mark E. Eppig, 22, told a Carroll County Circuit Court jury that he and the co-defendants, Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 22, of Westminster and Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville had not planned to race before setting out from the parking lot of a Westminster fast-food restaurant on the evening of June 1.Eppig testified for the state against Hensen and Broadfoot in November.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
The retrial of two men accused of causing the death of a Mount Airy Middle School teacher last June by racing along Route 140 is to continue tomorrow in Carroll County Circuit Court.In opening statements Friday, a prosecutor said Frederick H. Hensen Jr. and Scott D. Broadfoot Sr. are guilty of automobile manslaughter and second-degree assault even though they weren't driving the car that struck and killed Geraldine "Geri" Lane Wu of Westminster."What was intentional was the racing a high-speed chase, a race, a game -- call it what you will," said David P. Daggett, an assistant state's attorney.
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