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Hagerstown man guilty of homicide by vehicle

Robbie Eugene Liggett also was found guilty of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and negligent

Robbie Eugene Liggett also was found guilty of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and negligent

August 19, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was found guilty in Washington County Circuit Court of homicide by a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in an April 2008 crash on Interstate 70 that left another man dead, according to court records.

Robbie Eugene Liggett, 36, of 20213 Robinwood Court, Apt. 410, also was found guilty Tuesday in a jury trial before Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and negligent driving, according to court records.

The homicide by a motor vehicle charge carries a possible sentence of as much as five years in prison, a court official said.

Liggett is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Liggett was charged after a collision involving a blue Ford Probe and a white BMW on Interstate 70 west of Big Pool on April 26, 2008, according to court records.

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Roy James Gordon, the driver of the Probe, was pronounced dead at the scene, Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class W.R. Herman Jr. wrote in his complaint.

Liggett was identified as the driver of the BMW and taken to Washington County Hospital, according to Herman, who responded to the wreck at 2:08 a.m.

Another trooper made contact with Liggett at the hospital, and the trooper noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Liggett, Herman said.

The trooper asked Liggett if he had anything to drink, and Liggett said he had "two Captain (Morgan) and Cokes" before he left for a local bar, according to court records. Before leaving the bar, Liggett said he had one Miller Lite, court records show.

After leaving the bar, Liggett said he began driving to his mother's house in Hancock, according court records.

A witness said he was traveling west on I-70 just before the 10-mile marker when a white BMW passed him "very fast," court records show.

The BMW did not slow down and struck a vehicle in the rear, according to court records.

Both vehicles went up an embankment and rolled over, and Gordon was thrown from his car, Herman wrote.

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