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Driver indicted in car crash that killed boy Alcohol and drugs found in body of 11-year-old; father also faces charges


An Anne Arundel County grand jury has handed up a second indictment in connection with a car crash in April that left an 11-year-old boy dead.

Gregory Bostic, 19, of the 2500 block of Davidsonville Road in Gambrills was arrested this week and charged with automobile manslaughter and four related counts in the death April 26 of Edward E. Cordova, a passenger in his car.

Last summer, Edward's father, Edward E. Cordova Sr., was indicted on charges of providing drugs and alcohol to his children and their friends, with prosecutors saying a party at his home was partly to blame for the fatal accident.

Bostic's alcohol level was .05, below the level for a charge of driving while intoxicated, but enough to consider him under the influence, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.

Bostic, released on personal recognizance, is due to make his first court appearance Dec. 14, county prosecutors said. He could not be reached yesterday.

A conviction of automobile manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The other charges, all misdemeanors, are reckless driving, negligent driving, speeding and underage drinking.

Marijuana, Valium and alcohol were found in Edward's body, officials said. Prosecutors contend that before the accident at 3: 30 p.m., Bostic and Edward had been at Cordova Sr.'s house, allegedly a haven for illegal drug and alcohol use. They said Cordova, 47, craved youthful companionship and found that providing free drugs and alcohol guaranteed a teen-age crowd.

"No matter what Edward Cordova has done or has not done, he loved his son very much and he was a good father," said Cordova's attorney, Steven M. Sindler. "Edward Cordova did not contribute to the death of his son."

The accident occurred at so-called "End of the World," a hilly bend on Chesterfield Road in Crownsville. Police said that as Bostic's 1986 Honda Civic crested the hill, it veered into the oncoming lane. Bostic, they said, tried to steer the car back to the correct lane, but lost control. The car went up an embankment, hit a tree and flipped. Edward was ejected. None of the passengers wore a seat belt, police said. Edward's sister, Adrian, 14, estimated the speed at 65 mph -- nearly twice the posted limit of 35 mph.

After Edward's funeral, mourners at Cordova's home fired a shotgun blast of marijuana as a symbolic puff for the dead sixth-grader, M. Virginia Miles, assistant state's attorney, said in a successful request to deny bail to Cordova in August. She said Cordova threw drug parties for teen-agers "reminiscent of a Cheech and Chong movie."

Cordova, of the 7900 block of NcNelin Way in Severn, is facing a 29-count indictment that includes giving his prescription drugs and marijuana to teen-agers, maintaining a drug house in three locations, and threatening potential witnesses. He is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, according to court records.

"Part of the case against [Cordova] is an inference, not the direct accusation, that Ed's son's death is a byproduct of Ed getting high in the house. Now, we don't agree with that," Sindler said.

Pub Date: 12/04/98

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