Teen Faces Manslaughter Charges in Lawyers Hill Crash

Police said Dale Audet II, 19, was driving a car that crashed into a tree in Elkridge last November, killing two passengers.

Dale Audet II is scheduled to appear for trial in Howard County Circuit Court next month on charges resulting from the  that killed two teens.

Police said that Audet, 19, was the driver of the 2008 Pontiac GT that collided with a tree on the 6200 block of Lawyers Hill Road in Elkridge the night after Thanksgiving.

Jeffrey Ryan Giles, 19, of Linthicum, and Jonathon Lloyd Deckman, 18, of Severn, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Audet and two teenage backseat passengers were hospitalized at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

A grand jury indicted Audet in March on two counts of criminal negligent manslaughter, two counts of criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle, reckless driving, failure to drive right of center, speeding and negligent driving.

According to the indictment, Audet was driving 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Audet's attorney was not available for comment Thursday.

When the Howard County Sherriff's office attempted to serve a warrant for Audet's arrest in April, he was reportedly still suffering from "serious injuries he sustained as a result of the collision" and was scheduled for surgery, according to court records.

In May, the warrant was served and Audet was released on $10,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in Howard County Circuit Court on Friday, Aug. 3, for a motions hearing that was canceled.

A criminal jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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Billy Farmer August 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Such a waste of life. I feel bad for the parents and family of the teens killed. I also feel bad for the parents and family of this teen. We give driver licenses to kids way too early. IMO kids ( yes 19 yo teens are kids ) should not be able to drive alone with out a adult age 31 or older. This accident could had been avoided had the system been set up better. How many more kids will they let drive alone or with other kids and end up killing them selfs. I truthful feel sorry for all parties and no good can come from a guilty verdict or bring these kids back to life , If I was these parents I would fight to make the age to drive older. Help save other teens from a system that does not want to change to save more kids! IMO the law makers are as guilty as this teen kid Dale Audet II ..
Billy Farmer August 02, 2012 at 11:05 PM
me personaly I would also vote not guilty because of his age, he is too young to know better
kathy August 03, 2012 at 12:49 AM
If one takes responsibility to drive,age doesn't matter. Manslaughter is appropriate!
Christine Barton August 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I don't know if it is the age and the "it won't happen to me" mentality that kids have, or if there is something lacking in the Drivers Ed program. There were several tragic accidents taking the lives of our Elkridge Youth these last couple years, and it is heart-breaking. But because it is so now, and has been in years past, does that mean it always will be? Do these lessons have to come at such a price?
Carolyn August 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Free Weezy


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