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Va. Man Sentenced Thurs. For Vehicular Manslaughter

Va. Man Sentenced Thurs. For Vehicular Manslaughter

It's off to jail for a Virginia man.  On Thursday, Curtis Alexander Brown, 56, was given three years in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, but Circuit Court Judge Theresa Adams  suspended all but eight months of that.

Brown was convicted earlier this month by a jury of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter, failure to drive right of center, speeding and speed greater than reasonable.

State's Attorney Charlie Smith says on January 17th, 2012, Brown was operating a commercial vehicle along Route 75 (Green Valley Road) at more than 60-miles an hour when he should have been traveling at 40-miles per hour.

He tried to negotiate a curve on a windy part of the road when the trailer on his vehicle struck a passenger truck operated by Michael Fink, Sr., of Libertytown. Fink's vehicle was crushed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This was the first time in Frederick County and one of the first times in the state of Maryland that this negligent vehicular manslaughter statute has been tried. We charged him; we tried him and we were successful under that new state law," says Smith.

After Brown gets out of jail, he will be put on three-years supervised probation.

"It's a sad case all away around," says Smith. "This is a guy who is obviously working for a living, and wasn't paying attention to how fast he was going--or maybe he was--but he was doing 67 {miles per hour} in a 40 {mile-per-hour zone}. By the statute, he was criminally negligent. He caused a death."


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