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On Monday, May 29, 2000, Beau and Susan set out for dinner. They met with a crash which resulted in Beau's death. The driver of the other car had just left a bar drunk and was heading down the road in the wrong lane. Beau didn't see him until the other driver popped over the hill directly in front of him, at which time it was too late. Beau turned his steering wheel and stepped on the brakes trying to avoid him, but there was no time. The car that Beau was driving was hit head on on the drivers side, thrown up into the air and landed 35 feet off the road in a ditch coming to rest on the roof of the driver's side of the car. The accident occurred at 9:24 p.m. Both Beau and Susan were conscious. Susan got out of the car and went for help at Beau's bidding because he was trapped in the car. Reaching the top of the hill, Susan discovered that 911 had already been called. She phoned her grandmother and went back to be with Beau. He told her that he felt no pain, but had no feelings in his legs. They shared their feelings for each other and remained together until the paramedics took Susan to the hospital. Beau had to be cut from the car. He died enroute to the hospital at approximately 11:00 p.m. The time is approimate on the death certificate.
So far no charges have been filed against the other driver but I am told they will be. I will update this when I hear anything. Beau would of graduated from high school on June 10, 2000.
I have heard that the police report has been turned over to the states attorney. I was told the driver's blood alcohol two hours after the accident was 0.18. Also the crash happened less than half a mile from Wesley House, the bar where the man had been drinking.
Charges were placed on the drunk driver December 18,2000 and a warrant for his arrest was issued. He has been charged with manslaughter, vehicular homicide, DWI, DUI, reckless driving,reckless endangerment and failure to stay right of center.
The man that killed Beau was finally arrested. He posted $15,000.00 bail and is out on the roads once again. He has a Motion to Suppress hearing scheduled for July 27, 2001 and his trial is scheduled for August 15, 2001.
The motion to suppress hearing was postponed and the trial will probably be postponed. As I learn more I will post it.
The motion to suppress hearing will now be held on August 15th and the trial date has been rescheduled for Sep 10. Link to details below with links. Posted the newspaper article for those that want to read.
(Sept. 10, 2001)
The trial has been postponed as one witness is in the hospital and one witness has been sent to the Middle East with the National Guard. I'll post the new court date when I get one.
(Sept. 11, 2001)
My heart goes out to those that lost family & friends in the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. I hope the people who did this are caught and punished as fast as possiable. May God be with you and yours through this time of grief.
(Sept. 25, 2001)
The trial has been rescheduled for March 4, 2002. We are disappointed that we have to wait so much longer for our day in court.
(March 4, 2002)
Vincent Strype Jr. of New York pled guilty to Manslaughter and DWI today. (See News Article) This phase of court is over. A presentence investigation is going to be done and sentencing will be April 30, 2002 at 9:30 am. We are happy with the verdict and wait now to see what sentence he will get. Many thank yous to:
State's Attorney David Parrick
The Maryland State Police (a special thanks to the dispatcher that let me call him every 2 minutes if I needed to and gave me information as soon he got it.)
Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Dept & EMS
Singerly Volunteer Fire Dept
MADD of Maryland & the Eastern Shore Chapter
A special thanks to David Elzey of MADD for always being there.
Scott T. & family (the first person on the scene) For being there with & for Beau and being willing to testify.
Brad J. for volunteering to testify about what went on at the bar and Strype's condition there
And finally to all our friends and family that have been there in big and small ways through all this.Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
The sentencing hearing was held today in front of Judge Lidums. Terry, Susan, my mom and I all gave both a written impact statement and an oral one. After Mr. Strype's attorney spoke the judge went quiet for a while. You could tell he was thinking. The judge had to consider Mr. Strype's prior record (his record was clean, he had no prior convictions) and the impact on the family. We feel that Judge Lidums gave a very fair and just sentence. He said that (paraphrasing here) there has been a plague of these (people killed by drunk drivers) in the last year and our past deterrents are not working. It is past time for harsher deterrents. The sentence is: 10 years for manslaughter. 5 years of it to be served in the State department of Corrections. 5 years supervised probation. No drug or alcohol use allowed. 250 hours of community service with the specification that they be spent talking to first time DWI/DUI offenders about what he had done. He has also been ordered to pay restitution to the family for all expenses.
I do need to say this. Mr. Strype showed beyond a doubt that he has remorse for his actions. We watched him cry as we were speaking to the judge. I never did believe and now know he is not an evil person. He is like any one of us and except for the decisions we make anyone of us could be standing in his place. Though none of us condone what he did we all forgave him and each of us told him so. We hadn't talked about forgiving him before hand but each of us had anyway. I do feel for him and his family. I know he never planned on killing anyone. So please learn a lesson from the tragedy of Beau's death. Know that ANYONE that drinks and drives can kill someone and ruin people's lives, including their own. Don't drive impaired by anything, it isn't worth the price. Thank you.
Beau's online name was Lord Marcus Vitel. I know he had a few on here he talked too. Feel free to write if you have questions or comments. I will try to answer though understand if it takes me a while. Thank you. Cindy (Beau's mom)
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