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Driver in fatal Olney crash expected to plead guilty

Kevin Coffay, the 20-year-old Montgomery County man accused of fleeing into the woods after a car crash that killed three of his friends, is expected to plead guilty Thursday in connection with the case, according to Montgomery County Circuit Court records.

A plea hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m., according to the records. Coffay earlier was indicted on three counts of manslaughter by vehicle and on count of failing to remain at the scene of a fatal wreck, according to officials and court papers.

Just after 3 a.m., May 15, the Toyota Corolla that Coffay was driving veered off a wet, curvy road in the Olney area, officials have said. The car struck two trees and a telephone pole.

Coffay climbed from the wreckage and walked into nearby woods, as three of his friends were dead or dying, Montgomery States Attorney John McCarthy said at an earlier court hearing. Police found Coffay about three hours after the crash. He smelled of alcohol at the time, McCarthy said, and he was tested for his alcohol level.

More details about the wreck are expected to be disclosed at the hearing. Michael McAuliffe, Coffay’s attorney, could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday morning.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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