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Man indicted for fatal crash after prom


An 18-year-old West River man was indicted yesterday for auto manslaughter in the death of his friend who died last spring in a car wreck on the way home from the Southern High School prom.

The Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted John Lawson Pasquella of the 800 block of Shady Oak Road for homicide by motor vehicle, homicide while under the influence, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated, said State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.

Police said the May 8 accident that killed Michael Franklin, 17, captain of the school's lacrosse team, occurred when Mr. Pasquella's car skidded off Muddy Creek Road near Lansdale Road, hit the slick grass shoulder, went down a gully and careened sideways into a telephone pole.

Mr. Weathersbee said Mr. Pasquella's 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII skidded 230 feet before it hit the pole. Mr. Franklin died shortly after the accident. Mr. Pasquella was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

In a separate case, the grand jury yesterday also indicted Charles David Hicks, 20, of the 1800 block of Eagle Court in Severn for first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the June 27 shooting of a Meade Village man.

Carlos Omar Brown, 18, of the 1600 block of Meade Village Circle was shot several times as he walked with a friend. The shooting occurred about 12:45 a.m. near the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle.

Mr. Weathersbee said eyewitnesses led police to the defendant. On the night Mr. Brown was shot, a man pulled up in a car, got out and ran toward him. Witnesses said the gunman pulled a ski mask over his face as he approached.

The man pulled a gun, pointed it at Mr. Brown's head, fired several shots, then ran off, witnesses said. Mr. Weathersbee said the shooting stemmed from a feud between the families of the victim and the defendant, but he would not elaborate.

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