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Md. man guilty of DUI in Jefferson County traffic death

October 09, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A man was convicted Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court of DUI causing death and two counts of DUI causing injury for his role in a fatal car crash on U.S. 340 near Halltown Road last year.

Richard Lewis Morris Sr. of Westminster, Md., will be sentenced Nov. 21. The DUI causing death charge carries a jail term of two to 10 years and the other two offenses are punishable by up to a year in jail.

Morris' wife, Tammie L. Green-Morris, was in the car with Morris when the Sept. 20 crash occurred, and she testified Wednesday that she and her husband had been drinking most of the day of the crash.

Green-Morris said her husband was driving a white Nissan at 120 mph at one point as they headed toward Charles Town.

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Green-Morris said she pleaded with her husband to slow down and said she yelled out of her passenger window at passing cars for someone to call the police.

Morris' southbound car struck another car from behind at a high rate of speed and the driver of the car that was struck, Cynthia Hose, 39, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., later died at Inova Fairfax Hospital, police said.

The passenger of the car that was struck, David Weiss of Harpers Ferry, was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital and later released, police said.

Green-Morris testified she and her husband were at Jefferson Memorial Hospital after the accident and she overheard her husband tell police that she was driving the car.

"I said I was not driving that car," testified Green-Morris, who said she and her husband have not lived together since the crash.

Green-Morris, of 28 Walnut Grove in Charles Town, was convicted of permitting DUI and received a six-month suspended jail sentence. She is on home confinement.

Cpl. Vincent Tiong of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department previously said that the driver of the white Nissan was intoxicated and laughed about the crash afterward.

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