Stevensville man sentenced for negligent manslaughter
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.