- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
St. Mary’s prosecutors have charged a Great Mills man with criminally negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle in the death last fall of a pedestrian in a neighborhood off Chancellor’s Run Road.
Thomas Dion Gunn, 22, also has been charged with failing to stop, and failing to immediately return and remain, at the scene of the Nov. 11 accident that severely injured James Benjamin Clarke Jr.
Clarke, 65, was found lying at about 9:30 a.m. that day on Harrison Street, in the housing area where he lived, St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies reported during their initial investigation, and he died nine days later at a Baltimore hospital.
“The day after the collision, [Gunn] reported to the sheriff’s office, and reported that he may have been the person that struck Mr. Clarke,” St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Caspar said Friday at the county courthouse.
Gunn had “fresh damage” to his truck, the prosecutor said, which was compared to red paint flakes found at the scene of the collision.
“At the time of the collision, he states that he did not believe he had” struck anyone with the truck, Caspar said. “Clearly, the state would disagree with that.”
Doctors had no opinion as to whether Clarke would have survived if he had received immediate medical care after he was injured, the prosecutor said, a factor complicated by uncertainty about exactly what time the collision occurred.
Gunn was staying at a friend’s home in the neighborhood, and told police that he was leaving there that morning to go to a relative’s home, according to the prosecutor.
Caspar said the charges against Gunn were issued with a summons.