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Police arrest Hagerstown man awaiting sentencing in fatal crash

Cory Scott Kuczynski was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, failure to obey a lawful order, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace

June 02, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man awaiting sentencing in connection with a 2010 fatal accident was arrested early Monday morning after he scuffled with a state trooper, Maryland State Police said.

Cory Scott Kuczynski, 26, of 17544 Gay St., was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, failure to obey a lawful order, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace in the incident at his home, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Trooper 1st Class Kyle D. George.

Washington County 911 had received a call shortly before 2 a.m. of possible shots fired near Lincolnshire Elementary School, followed by a second call complaining of fireworks, the charging documents said. The trooper who responded saw about 10 people in the backyard of Kuczynski's home, the documents said.

George told a man, later identified as Kuczynski, "to take the party inside" and said he was going to call the fire department to put out an open fire in the yard, the documents said. The other people began walking inside, but Kuczynski allegedly picked up a jug of water and declared that no one was coming on his property, the documents said.

"I told him to stop and go back inside or he would be arrested. He told me that I was a rookie, and that I couldn't arrest him," George wrote in the charging documents.

As the trooper tried to place Kuczynski under arrest, he allegedly pushed the trooper, knocking the handcuffs from his hand, the  documents said. The trooper and Kuczynski struggled and went to the ground, the documents said.

Kuczynski did not give his name to police until he had been taken to the Washington County Detention Center, the documents said.

Kuczynski previously pleaded guilty in April to driving under the influence and failing to stop immediately at the scene of a May 6, 2010, crash on Sharpsburg Pike.

That crash claimed the life of Danielle Paikin of Newark, Del., and injured Joseph and Lauran Dwyer, both of Clear Spring. Visiting Judge Gary Leasure ordered a presentence investigation and had set June 10 for the sentencing.

Kuczynski could face up to three years in prison on the charges to which he pleaded guilty. Other charges, including two counts of causing life-threatening injuries while driving under the influence, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

The fatal accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. when a vehicle driven by William J. Turner of Sharpsburg crossed the center of the road and struck a car driven by Lauran Dwyer in which Joseph Dwyer and Paikin were passengers, according to court documents. Shortly afterward, a car driven by Kuczynski hit Dwyer's disabled vehicle.

The investigation was unable to determine which of the collisions was responsible for Paikin's death, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said at the April plea hearing.

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