- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Charles County man has waived his arraignment scheduled for this week in a St. Mary’s courtroom on charges including vehicular manslaughter from a crash early last year in Oraville that police report killed a passenger in a pickup truck he was driving.
Jason Michael Denton, now 25, of White Plains also was indicted last month for negligent homicide while under the influence in the Feb. 5, 2012, death of Paul Stewart Burnett, a 32-year-old Mechanicsville resident.
Denton was driving on New Market Turner Road toward Route 235, according to Maryland State Police, when the truck went out of control, crossed the highway’s centerline and hit a tree near gas pumps at the Korner Karryout convenience store. Burnett’s father-in-law said afterward that Denton and Burnett were traveling to the store to pick up snacks, beverages and cigarettes to bring back to Burnett’s house to watch that evening’s Super Bowl.
St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said Tuesday at her office in the courthouse that the police investigation revealed that Denton had a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, and that a speed analysis and an air-bag control module’s data were used to determine how fast the truck was going.
“Both confirmed excessive speed, over 90 miles per hour,” Sterling said.
Burnett died at the scene of the crash, police reported, and Denton was flown to a hospital, where he initially was listed in critical condition. The two men worked together for a crane service company.