Conviction for Md. man in crash that killed best friend

April 20, 2012

ELKTON, Md. — A man has been convicted of negligent vehicular homicide while impaired by alcohol in a 2010 car crash that killed his best friend.

The Cecil Whig reports that 61-year-old Paul Edward Knettler of Elkton was convicted Wednesday.

A jury acquitted him of a more serious charge, negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle. He will be sentenced June 5, when he faces up to three years in prison.

Sixty-six-year-old Kenneth Hampson of Elkton was a front-seat passenger in a car driven by Knettler. The two had been drinking at a friend’s home.

According to testimony, Knettler was trying to make a left turn when he cut into the path of another car. Hampson died later at a Delaware hospital. Knettler and the other driver were injured.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage

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