Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed His Friends
Posted on Dec 23, 2011
A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty in a Maryland drunken driving crash that killed three of his friends and injured another six months ago in Olney, MD.
Kevin Coffay, of Rockville, was driving a Toyota Corolla along Laytonsville Road (Route 108) in Montgomery County late at night. Four friends were passengers in the vehicle. Coffay took a sharp turn too quickly on a wet road, sped out of control, and slammed into a tree on the side of the road. He then fled the scene of the accident without checking on his friends.
18-year-old Haeley McGuire and 20-year-old Johnny Hoover, both of Rockville, and 18-year-old Spencer Datt, of Derwood, all died in the crash. A fourth passenger, 19-year-old Charles Nargella, was injured.
Pieces of the car are still imbedded into the tree from the impact of the crash. A guard rail has since been installed near the curve where the accident occurred.
Coffay’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when police caught up with him three hours after the accident. According to witnesses, he had been drinking at two parties earlier in the evening.
Coffay pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. Coffey will be sentenced in early January and faces up to 40 years in jail.
The Rockville injury lawyers at Nickelsporn & Lundin, P.C. offer their sincere condolences to those who were killed in this tragic accident.