Prince Frederick, MD – A Calvert County grand jury has handed down a 14-count indictment against the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident in February 2014.
According to documents on file at Calvert County Circuit Court, David Todd Dennison, 38 of Lusby, is charged in the death of Steven Edward Coontz.
Dennison’s criminal indictment counts include negligent manslaughter with an automobile, fleeing and eluding resulting in death, homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence, homicide by motor vehicle while impaired, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft between $10,000 to under $100,000 and theft less than $100.
According to court documents, Dfc. Richard Wilson had attempted to stop the 2011 Kia Sportage sport utility vehicle (SUV) Dennison was driving Feb. 5. Dennison and a co-defendant, identified in court papers as Amanda Nicole Gott, 20 of Lusby, were using the SUV without the owner’s permission. Gott is scheduled to go on trial on conspiracy to commit theft charges related to the incident in May, court records stated.
Coontz, 53, was a passenger in the vehicle, which crashed near Rousby Hall Circle during the early morning hours. Dennison, Gott and Coontz were transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital. Coontz later succumbed to his injuries.
The charge of theft less than $100 listed in the indictment stems from the removal of alcohol from a local convenience store that allegedly occurred prior to the pursuit and subsequent crash.
Dennison’s initial appearance to face the charges in front of a judge is tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m.
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