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Man pleads guilty after acquaintance is run over by SUV

A 49-year-old North Laurel man who ran over another man with his sport utility vehicle on New Year's Eve, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, pleaded guilty yesterday to felony assault.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors said they intend to ask Howard Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman to impose a prison term within the five- to 10-year range recommended by state sentencing guidelines at Steven R. Smith's sentencing Dec. 4.

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Smith, of the 9200 block of Scaggsville Road, was charged after witnesses saw him hit Dennis Roy, 45, and drive over him on a lawn on Gross Avenue in North Laurel, prosecutors said. Roy, who had visible tire marks on his abdomen, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was diagnosed with a crushed pelvis and internal injuries, according to a statement of the case read into the record.

Witnesses told investigators that they first saw Smith's younger brother, Douglas, 45, running after Roy, threatening to kill him, prosecutor Lynn Marshall said.

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Douglas Smith got into the passenger side of the sport utility vehicle his brother was driving, and Steven Smith told a witness that Roy was "going to pay," Marshall said.

Other witnesses said Roy ran into a house near the corner of Gross Avenue and Robinson Boulevard yelling for help but was turned away, according to the statement. Steven Smith ran over Roy, drove around the block and dropped off his brother and another passenger before driving away, Marshall said.

While one neighbor drove off after Smith and wrote down his license plate number, others watched as Douglas Smith walked up to Roy, who was lying on the ground injured, and allegedly rifled through his pockets, according to the statement.

Douglas Smith, who is scheduled for trial Oct. 22, was arrested that night. Steven Smith was arrested two days later in West Virginia.

Authorities later learned that the incident started at Steven Smith's home with a confrontation over finances, Marshall said.


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