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Driver indicted in fatal wreck

August 11, 1997

A Washington County grand jury has indicted the driver of a car involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident in mid June on Md. 34 near Sharpsburg.

Jesse Lee Garrott, 31, of 1917 Hoffmaster Road, Knoxville, is facing charges of homicide by motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, negligent driving and driving without a license.

The Boonsboro man who died June 16 in the car crash was Wayde Andrew Smith, 30, of 7827 Sharpsburg Pike.

He died when the car in which he was riding ran off the road, hit a tree and flipped onto its roof, crushing him, Maryland State Police said.

Smith was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Trooper 1st Class John Sexton. But Sexton said it wouldn't have made a difference.

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Sexton said driver error and alcohol were contributing factors in the accident that occurred when Garrott's 1986 Subaru station wagon drifted off the right side of the road just east of the railroad bridge.

After the 1:34 a.m. accident, Garrott was transported to Washington County Hospital where he was treated for injuries and released.

He was jailed on $30,000 bond after his release from the hospital and has remained in the Washington County Detention Center.

The grand jury indictment was handed down Aug. 1 and served on Garrott Thursday. No trial date has been set.

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