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Hagerstown man has license suspended in fatal crash

September 29, 2004

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A Maryland man was found guilty of reckless driving for slamming his pickup truck into a compact car, killing a 2-year-old boy and seriously injuring his pregnant mother.

Matthew R. Cable, 22, of Hagerstown, had his license suspended Monday for 180 days, though he will be allowed to drive to work.

On July 20, Elizabeth Marchman, 33, was driving west on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County with her son, Zak, 2, sitting in a rear child safety seat when she stopped for traffic backed up because of an accident.

Cable did not see her stop and slammed into her car, causing it to burst into flames. Zak did not survive. Marchman lost the fetus and suffered numerous injuries, including second- and third-degree burns over 30 percent of her body.

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Moments earlier, Cable said he picked up a piece of paper to look for an exit number.

"No sooner did I look away than the traffic was stopped in front of me, and I struck the car in front of me," he said.

Cable's attorney, B.R. Hicks, negotiated a plea agreement with Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jason Bryk on the charge of reckless driving: 360 days in jail with all the time suspended, a $1,500 fine and the loss of driving privileges for 90 days.

Hicks said he had not agreed to the driver's license revocation.

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