- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A judge jailed a Callaway man without bond Friday on an indictment charging the suspect with vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of two women in a crash last summer on Route 5 in that community.
St. Mary’s grand jurors also charged 34-year-old Robert William Rice Jr. with failing to stop after another collision that occurred moments before the fatal crash, and driving aggressively by passing traffic on the right, following too closely and speeding.
Killed in the Aug. 4 crash were 22-year-old Chernica Arielle “Ce-Ce” Boyland of Lexington Park and her passenger, 22-year-old Lisa Annette Proctor Brooks of Leonardtown. They were traveling south on the highway that evening in a passenger car, law officers reported, when it was struck by a northbound pickup truck that Rice drove across the centerline after rear-ending another northbound vehicle.
The truck initially collided with a minivan near the highway’s intersection with Piney Point Road in Callaway, law officers reported, and the van’s driver, 40-year-old Sophie Newbury of Leonardtown, was following the truck to get its registration tag number when the three-vehicle crash occurred. The indictment alleges that Rice failed to stay at the scene of the initial collision to assist Newbury, who police report was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.
Rice and the driver of the vehicle rear-ended at the scene of the fatal crash both were flown to another hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Rice’s father said last summer that his son suffered a diabetes-related emergency moments before the collisions occurred.
A lawyer for the indicted motorist has requested that he receive another bond hearing in the case.