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Homicide charges filed in crash death

March 23, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

FREDERICK, Md. - What began with a party at Monocacy Bottom Road at Bennetts Creek on Wednesday night ended with a Thurmont, Md., man being charged in a car crash that claimed a New Market woman's life.

Larue Flora Davis, 52, of New Market, died in the Thursday morning crash at Md. 144 and Md. 75.

On Monday, Shaun Alan Harrison, 20, was charged with manslaughter by automobile, homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and other charges in the crash.

Davis was on her way to work at the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda, Md., at the time of the 5:15 a.m. crash.

She was eastbound on Md. 144 and had just entered the intersection with Md. 75 when her 1995 Ford Explorer was struck by a 1998 Plymouth Neon, deputies said.

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Her vehicle spun and overturned, and Davis was partially ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies alleged that Harrison was traveling south on Md. 75 in a stolen car when he went through a red light at the intersection.

Several witnesses told the sheriff's office that the Neon had passed them in no-passing zones.

Deputies said Harrison had been partying and "mud bogging" at Monocacy Bottom Road at Bennetts Creek before the crash.

There was an altercation and Harrison was left without a vehicle, deputies said.

Harrison was being held Monday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. He was to have a bond hearing today.

Other charges against Harrison include driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, negligent driving, speeding, speeding greater than reasonable, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, three counts of passing in a no-passing zone, failure to stop at a red traffic signal, driving on a suspended license and motor vehicle theft.

Deputies said the investigation was continuing.

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