Woman pleads guilty in fa­tal crash

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - Ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

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