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Virginia Man Sentenced in Fatal Tractor Trailer Crash

A jury Thursday sentenced Curtis Alexander Brown, 56, to eight months on manslaughter by motor vehicle charges.

Frederick County, Va. - A Virginia man was sentenced Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court in connection to the January 2012 fatal crash involving a pickup truck and tractor trailer.

A jury sentenced Curtis Alexander Brown, 56, to three years suspended all but eight months on manslaughter by motor vehicle charges.

On January 17, 2012 officers say Brown was speeding 67 mph in a 40 mph zone on MD Route-75 in his tractor trailer, when he tried negotiating a curve on a very windy portion of the road, and his vehicle offset and swung into oncoming traffic.

Officers say the tractor trailer struck Michael Fink Sr.’s Chevrolet pickup truck head-on. Police say Fink Sr. died on scene.  

Court officials say after a three day jury trial, Brown was found guilty of criminally negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, failure to drive right of center, speeding, and speed greater than reasonable.

Officials say Brown was sentenced to eight months, followed by three years of supervised probation.

This case marks the first time criminally negligent manslaughter has been charged and tried in Frederick County, Virginia under a new state law.

In a written release, Attorney J. Charles Smith II said, “This was a very difficult case, both from an emotional and legal perspective.”


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