WV Man Sentenced for Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle

Published 03/11 2014 04:47PM

Updated 03/11 2014 05:21PM

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Officials with the State's Attorney for Frederick County say a West Virginia man was sentenced Tuesday to ten years, suspended all but one year to serve in jail on manslaughter by motor vehicle charges. 

Joseph Grant III, 42, entered an Alford plea to manslaughter by motor vehicle.

As you may recall, on Dec. 17, 2012 Grant was driving in his 2001 Ford Windstar van along I-270 south of Bennett Creek when he lost control of his vehicle and began skidding on the wet roadway. 

Grant traveled through the grass median, struck a metal guardrail and went airborne. Grant's vehicle landed on top of a Ford Escape, driven by Peter Antony Halpert, on I-270 northbound. 

Grant's vehicle then rolled off the top of Halpert's vehicle, and into the path of a Lexus, driven by Marion Barrie. Grant's vehicle continued to overturn until it landed on its roof near the embankment on the northbound side of I-270. 

Halpert was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say Barrie suffered minor injuries in the collision. 

Grant was transported to the hospital, where a blood kit revealed he was intoxicated while driving. Officials say Grant had no prior criminal or motor vehicle record before this incident. Grant also sustained a broken neck, and was in a coma for three weeks, with no memory of the crash. 

The State requested the maximum local incarceration time of 18 months. The Court ultimately sentenced Grant to 12 months in jail, followed by five years of supervised probation. 

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