BEL AIR, Md. (WMAR) — The truck driver involved in the March fatal crash along Route 24 in Bel Air that killed a seven-year-old boy and a ShopRite executive is now facing manslaughter charges.
49-year-old Carloo Watson, of Brunswick, N.J., was indicted with two counts of gross negligence manslaughter by motor vehicle, two counts of criminal negligence manslaughter by motor vehicle, and four counts of causing serious injury while using a cell phone.
65-year-old Andrew Klein, the president of the Klein Family Markets of the ShopRite family, was killed along with seven-year-old Tripp Johnson, a second-grader at William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School.
When reached by WMAR 2-News following the indictment, Michael Blum, a spokesman for the Klein family released a statement on their behalf;
"Their hearts still go out to the family of Tripp Johnson, and to all those who were injured. The Klein family suffered a terrible personal loss but their thoughts are with those who suffered."
State's attorney Albert Peisinger said he couldn't comment on the case because it's under investigation.
The March crash, that involved a dozen vehicles, happened southbound along Route 24 at the intersection with Ring Factory Road. In addition to killing the two, the crash also injured several others.
Gross negligence manslaughter by motor vehicle is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Criminal negligence manslaughter by motor vehicle is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of 3 years incarceration with a $5,000 fine. Causing serious injury while using a cell phone is a traffic offense that carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison with a $5,000 fine.