Man indicted in deaths of 2 Fallston teen-agers


A 20-year-old Baldwin man has been indicted by a Harford County grand jury on 11 charges, including homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, in the deaths of two Fallston teen-agers killed last month as they walked along Route 152.

Christopher William Smith of the 3100 block of Wellington Way was named in the 11-count indictment filed July 12 in Circuit Court and made public yesterday by Harford County Circuit Court.

A warrant for Mr. Smith's arrest was signed yesterday, but State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly, the chief prosecutor for Harford, said arrangements already had been worked out with lawyers that Mr. Smith would surrender voluntarily.

Mr. Smith is charged with two counts of manslaughter by automobile, two counts of homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, two counts of homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, negligent driving, violation of an alcohol restriction and failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury or death.

Motor Vehicle Administration records show that Mr. Smith's driving record is flawless, but Cpl. Steve Wagner of the traffic division of the Harford County Sheriff's Office said yesterday that all drivers under the age of 21 automatically have alcohol restrictions on their license.

Sheriff's deputies who investigated the deaths of Christian James Leonard, 18, and Eric Christopher Rothgeb, 16, said the boys were walking north on the shoulder of the southbound lane of Route 152 about 4 a.m. June 24 when they were struck from behind by a vehicle, which was traveling north.

Deputies said Mr. Smith is accused of driving north for several more miles before stopping at a convenience store to call his family.

Mr. Smith and a family member returned to the accident scene, deputies said, where a deputy on routine patrol saw them and found the teen-agers' bodies.

Deputies also said Mr. Smith told them he had fallen asleep while driving.

Mr. Leonard had graduated June 9 from Fallston High School where he played varsity baseball. The Rothgeb youth, who played baseball and football at Fallston High School, was to begin 12th grade in September.

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