Randallstown man indicted in connection with 2015 fatal crash

An 18-year-old Randallstown man is facing 21 charges in connection to an October 2015 crash that left one teenager dead and another paralyzed.

Ronald Garrett was indicted in April on 21 counts, including negligent manslaughter with a vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter with a vehicle, homicide with vehicle while using a combination of one or more drugs and alcohol and homicide with vehicle while using a controlled dangerous substance. Of the 21 counts, seven are criminal and 14 are traffic citations, according to electronic court records.

He is being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center, as of 5:50 p.m. Thursday. He has not had a bail review, a correctional deputy said.

Garrett was allegedly driving a Lexus ES350 four-door eastbound on Md. 26 by the PNC Bank in Eldersburg on Oct. 25, 2015, around 5:50 a.m. with two passengers. Investigation by Maryland State Police troopers determined that he crossed the center line and almost hit a stopped vehicle before sliding across the westbound traffic lanes, according to previous Times reporting.

Garrett's vehicle allegedly hit a curb, rolled into the bank's parking lot and continued down a hill where it struck a concrete parking lot pole and a business sign, according to previous reporting.

Elisha Vesprey, 17, was ejected from the car, according to a court memorandum on trying the case in criminal, rather than juvenile, court. Vesprey was pronounced dead at Northwest Hospital following the collision, according to previous Times reporting.

As a result of the crash, another passenger, Wayne Sewell, who was 17 at the time, was paralyzed, according to the memorandum.

According to the memorandum, Garrett did not have a license at the time, only a driver's permit. He allegedly stole his parents' car for the second time in five months and drove at a speed of up to 110 mph, despite his passengers pleading for him to slow down, according to the document. The speed on Md. 26 by the PNC Bank is 45 mph.

Garrett allegedly told his passengers that he would drive the way he wanted to because he was the one driving the car, according to the memorandum.

The case was originally in the juvenile court system, but Judge Barry Hughes granted the state's motion to try Garrett as an adult. In considering the waiver to the criminal court, Hughes considered the nature of the offense, the safety of the public, Garrett's health, including mental health, Garrett's age and Garrett's amenability to treatment, according to the memorandum.

Hughes decided the case would be better in the criminal system, highlighting that there were more treatment options in the criminal system and concerns for public safety, according to the memorandum.

"If Respondent was engaged in a thrill ride, the public needs to be protected from his definition of thrilling behavior," Hughes wrote in the memorandum.

Attorney Adam Wells, on behalf of the state, filed a motion to revoke Garrett's bond, which was granted.

In the motion, the state noted that Garrett was charged with driving without a license and other traffic charges at 4:28 a.m. April 16, 2017.

No alcohol or drugs were involved in the April 2017 traffic citations, Garrett's attorney Jeremy Eldridge wrote in his response to the revoke motion.

Garrett has had mental health counseling since the 2015 crash including an in-patient stay between April 17-28, according to his criminal court file.

Eldridge said cases like this one are difficult for both the prosecution and defense attorneys.

"I think that cases like these are absolute tragedies. They tear families apart on both sides of the table," Eldridge said.

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