Woman pleads guilty in fatal crash
ELKTON — A Cecil County woman is facing up to five years in prison, after accepting a plea deal relating to a fatal crash that occurred near Rising Sun on Thanksgiving Day 2016 and resulted in an indictment charging her with vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol and other offenses.
The defendant, Kim Fracaro-Hamilton, 61, of the unit block of Benjamin Lane near Rising Sun, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter on Friday, as part of the plea agreement reached by Interim Cecil County State’s Attorney Steven L. Trostle and Fracaro-Hamilton’s defense lawyer, Michael J. Halter.
In exchange for FracaroHamilton’s guilty plea, Trostle dismissed 10 related traffic and criminal charges, including negligent vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The other dismissed charges carry maximum sentences of three years and less.
Retired Cecil County Circuit Court Judge V. Michael Whelan accepted FracaroHamilton’s guilty plea. Sentencing is set for later this month.
Investigators alleged that Fracaro-Hamilton was drunk when the car that she was driving in the westbound lane of Telegraph Road (Route 273) at about 8:45 p.m. Nov. 24, 2016, crossed the double centerline and crashed head-on into an eastbound vehicle near Springfield Drive.
A Maryland State Police helicopter flew one of the occupants of that vehicle — Helen Zdrojewski, 66, of Cecilton — to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where she died from her injuries on Dec. 3, 2016, some nine days later, police reported.
Her husband, Stanley Zdrojewski, 75, refused medical treatment at the scene, police said, adding that he and his wife had been trapped inside their mangled vehicle after the collision until emergency workers were able to extricate them.
Fracaro-Hamilton also was flown to that trauma center, where she was treated for her injuries and was discharged at a later date.
At the conclusion of an MSP investigation into the deadly crash, prosecutors presented their case to the grand jury, which, in turn, handed up an 11-count indictment against FracaroHamilton.