Deal struck in fatal Carroll collision; Ex-Westminster man probably will serve no more than 10 years


A former Westminster man can be sentenced to serve no more than 10 years in prison on burglary, auto manslaughter and related charges in a fatal accident on Route 140 in April, according to a plea agreement reached in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.

Mary Robinson, 27, one of the survivors of the crash that killed her husband, Richard Robinson, 28, of Randallstown, said she and family members will take a much longer time recovering from their injuries.

Jeffrey B. Quante IV, 26, of Hanover, Pa., pleaded not guilty but agreed to accept the state's version of the facts in three unrelated cases against him.

In return, Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. agreed to sentence Quante to serve no more than 10 years in prison, but no less than eight.

Burns revoked Quante's bail and denied his request to be placed on work release at the Carroll County Detention Center while he awaits sentencing March 1.

After sheriff's deputies ushered Quante from the courtroom, Mary Robinson stood leaning on a cane and said that nothing Quante could do or say would appease her.

Her husband was pronounced dead at the scene along Route 140, about four miles east of Taneytown, on April 6 after Quante's pickup truck crossed the center line and slammed head-on into the Robinsons' westbound van. Mary Robinson and three other family members were injured.

Quante was treated for serious injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

According to witnesses, both vehicles were traveling about 55 mph at impact, said prosecutor Brian DeLeonardo.

Richard Robinson drove his maroon Dodge van onto the north shoulder of the roadway, but a guardrail prevented him from avoiding the collision, DeLeonardo said.

Mary Robinson and her mother-in-law, Diane Robinson, suffered fractured legs and life-threatening internal injuries.

Pub Date: 1/06/99

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