Stevensville man sen­tenced for neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter

Record Observer - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — A Stevensville man will serve 18 months at the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter after plead­ing guilty to grossly neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter by au­to­mo­bile in the April 2016 Bay Bridge crash that killed Randy Thrower of Queen­stown.

Tobin J. Dixon, 21, of Stevensville pleaded guilty and was sen­tenced in Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court on Tues­day, Jan. 24, by Judge Thomas Smith, a re­tired judge from Prince Ge­orge’s County, who presided.

Smith sen­tenced Dixon to five years in the Di­vi­sion of Correction, with the sen­tence sus­pended after 18 months of lo­cal in­car­cer­a­tion. As part of the plea agree­ment, the state dropped 10 other charges, in­clud­ing

driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and speed­ing.

The case was han­dled by a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor, Dave Daggett.

“I asked him to han­dle the case since I knew both the fam­ily of the vic­tim and the de­fen­dant, and I be­lieved it was in the in­ter­est of jus­tice to have a neu­tral, in­de­pen­dent pros­e­cu­tor han­dle the mat­ter,” said Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son. “Dave did an ex­cep­tional job and my of­fice thanks him for his dili­gence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”

Dixon was rep­re­sented by at­tor­neys Joyce Jones and Kevin Joyce.

Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity Po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a col­li­sion on the U.S. Route 50 east span of the Wil­liam Pre­ston Lane Jr. Me­mo­rial Bridge at 2:22 a.m. Satur­day, April 2.

The crash in­volved a 2011 Mazda sedan, driven by Dixon, and a 2014 Freight­liner box truck, and oc­curred in the area of the east­ern chan­nel, ac­cord­ing the 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green.

There were four peo­ple in the Mazda; the front seat pas­sen­ger, 21-year-old Randy Drake Thrower of Queen­stown, was pro­nounced dead at the scene, Green said.

Dixon and two fe­male pas­sen­gers in the car were also in­jured and taken to An­napo­lis and Bal­ti­more hos­pi­tals for treat­ment. The driver of the truck was not in­jured.

Green said both ve­hi­cles were in the right lane on the bridge when po­lice got to the scene. He said the dam­age was to the front of the Mazda and the rear of the truck.

“Indi­ca­tions from the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion sug­gest al­co­hol, drugs and ex­ces­sive speed may have been in­volved,” Green said.

Thrower was the son of Stephen and Melody Hunter Thrower of Queen­stown. He grew up in Cen­tre­ville and was a grad­u­ate of Queen Anne’s County High School, class of 2012. Dur­ing his high school ca­reer he was a mem­ber of the state fi­nal­ist foot­ball team in 2009 and semi-fi­nal­ist in 2010. He also was a mem­ber of the track team and won the state 200 me­ter re­lay in 2012. After high school he at­tended Steven­son Univer­sity and later Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. He was em­ployed with his grand­par­ents’ seafood busi­ness, Hunter’s Seafood in Gra­sonville, at the time of his death.

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