Baltimore County man guilty in fatal Forest Hill accident


A Baltimore County man has entered a plea agreement on charges resulting from an alleged drunken-driving accident near Forest Hill in December 1990.

Thomas C. Poole, 40, entered an Alford plea as his trial was about to begin in Harford Circuit Court Thursday, records say.

By entering an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

In the agreement, Poole says the state had enough evidence to get a conviction on charges of manslaughter by vehicle and driving with a revoked license. Poole is scheduled for sentencing on June 29.

Poole was also charged with homicide by vehicle while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, negligent driving, driving with a suspended license and failing to drive in the right lane. Those charges are pending.

Poole was charged following a Dec. 15, 1990 accident in which his 1977 Chevrolet Suburban collided head-on with a 1987 Ford pickup driven by William P. Hudler of Bel Air.

The accident occurred along Route 24, just south of Jarrettsville Road.

Hudler, 24, died from multiple injuries three weeks after the accident, according to an autopsy report from the state Medical Examiner's Office.

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