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A Lusby man received a 10-year suspended jail sentence Friday in Calvert County Circuit Court after a passenger in a vehicle he was driving was killed in a single-vehicle accident in September 2012.
Eric A. Harvey, 20, was indicted Jan. 22 on charges of two counts each of negligent homicide driving under the influence and driving under the influence of alcohol, and one count each of negligent manslaughter — automobile, negligent homicide driving while impaired, criminally negligent manslaughter and driving while impaired by alcohol.
He pleaded guilty in May to one count of negligent manslaughter — automobile, and, as part of a plea agreement with the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, the remaining charges were dropped.
Harvey was given a 10-year suspended jail sentence Friday and placed on five years of supervised probation.
At 8:29 p.m. Sept. 12, 2012, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the 600 block of Gunsmoke Trail in Lusby for a reported car accident, according to a September press release from the sheriff’s office.
Officers found a 2003 green Jeep Liberty in a wooded area next to a home on Gunsmoke Trail. The driver, Harvey, who was 19 at the time, was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of a broken femur.
Passenger Justin E. Wilder, 19, of Lusby was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital where, due to injuries he received in the accident, he was pronounced dead by hospital staff, the press release stated.
Officials said the Jeep was traveling south on Gunsmoke Trail near Sitting Bull Trail and, as the Jeep began to turn, the driver lost control and left the roadway, according to the press release. The Jeep drove through the front yard of a nearby residence, became airborne, crossed the driveway of the residence and continued into the wooded area behind the home. The passenger side of the Jeep hit a large tree before stopping, deputies said.
Harvey gave a recording to deputies while at the hospital, charging documents state, where he allegedly admitted to drinking several alcoholic beverages prior to the crash. Deputies said there was evidence of alcohol at the scene of the accident inside the vehicle and an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from inside the vehicle. Witnesses on the scene also provided statements that Harvey appeared to be intoxicated and the smell of alcohol was coming from his person, charging documents state.