William D. Charles Jr.
William D. Charles Jr. (Submitted art)

A Manchester man has been indicted in relation to a fatal crash that occurred nearly a year ago.

William D. Charles Jr., 39, of the 3300 block of Main Street, was indicted by a grand jury on six charges in relation to the death of Christopher Fleck in a Sept. 23 crash outside Taneytown.


Maryland State Police investigated a collision that occurred around 1:20 p.m. Sept. 23 in the 3000 block of Old Taneytown Road. According to police, a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Charles crossed the double yellow line and struck head-on a 1954 Ford truck, driven by Fleck.

Fleck, the 29-year-old driver of the truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger of the truck was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with a head injury.

At the time, police said they suspected Charles was impaired at the time of the collision, but the investigation was ongoing.

Maryland State Police investigating fatal collision in Taneytown

Maryland State Police are currently investigating a collision that occurred around 1:20 p.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of Old Taneytown Road that left one person dead.

Charles has been indicted on counts of homicide with a motor vehicle while impaired with alcohol; criminally negligent manslaughter with a vehicle; driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol; negligent driving; failure to drive right of center; and use of a handheld phone while driving that caused an accident with death of another, according to the indictment.

Charles was originally held without bond, but as of Wednesday, Aug. 22, was released on his own recognizance, according to electronic court documents. He has a court date scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Sept. 12.

When reached by phone, Charles declined to comment on the indictment.

Earlier this month, Charles was charged in relation to allegedly stealing an ATV, lawn mower and other equipment in July. In that incident, he was charged with six counts including second-degree burglary and felony theft scheme.