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Pasadena man ordered jailed for leaving scene of fatal crash

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A Pasadena man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail for leaving the scene of the accident in which his snowplow blade fatally struck retired John Hopkins University fencing coach Richard Francis Oles while he was walking on Mountain Road, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner placed a remorseful Maximilian Hopkins Bode, 21, on three years of supervised probation and ordered him to perform 20 hours of community service, according to Kristin Fleckenstein, spokeswoman for the county state's attorney's office. Another two years and 10 months of a jail term were suspended, she said.

Hackner said roadway conditions, darkness and the victim walking in the roadway contributed to the Jan. 27 accident, noting that he was sentencing Bode for his September plea to leaving the scene, Fleckenstein said.

A prosecutor said in September that Oles, 77, was walking on Mountain Road, where snow had been plowed to the side of the roadway after a storm. Earlier, Oles had left a fencing club that he coached in Homeland, but his car broke down, and he was walking home from the gas station where it was towed.

One of Bode's passengers called 911 about 2:30 a.m. from Bode's truck, saying that she and others had left a nearby bar and a pedestrian had been struck — but did not say she was in the vehicle that struck him, the prosecutor said.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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