Driver to Enter Plea in Lansdowne Crash That Killed Baby Boy

WASHINGTON — The driver whose SUV killed 5-month-old Tristan Schulz in a 2016 crash in Lansdowne, Virginia, will enter a “no contest” plea Tuesday morning to misdemeanor reckless driving and admit guilt to a traffic infraction.

Schulz was killed Aug. 31, 2016, as his mother pushed his stroller across Riverside Parkway at Coton Manor Drive. Mindy Schulz was severely injured but has recovered.

In a “no contest” plea, a defendant neither disputes or admits the crime. If the judge accepts the plea, Miller would be found guilty.

Lawyers for John Miller IV told WTOP their client does not have a plea agreement with Loudoun County prosecutors, which will allow the judge to determine the sentence for the 46-year-old Leesburg resident.

In September, prosecutors dropped the most serious charge against Miller — involuntary manslaughter — when it became clear evidence did not support the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars.

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Failure to yield right of way is a traffic infraction, which would result in a fine.

Miller’s attorneys, Steven Webster and Aaron Book, and Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman have not disclosed what sentences they will seek.

Webster said the defense and prosecution will both ask that a future sentencing date be set for Miller.

The post Driver to enter plea in Lansdowne crash that killed baby boy appeared first on WTOP.

Read More

Copyright DC WTOP
Contact Us