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Churchville Man Gets 14 Months In DUI, Fatal Crash

Charles Robert Creaney pleaded guilty to negligent homicide by vehicle in connection with a December 2011 fatal accident.

A 23-year-old Churchville man will spend his next birthday behind bars after admitting to drinking and driving before a December 2011 crash in White Hall that claimed another man's life.

Charles Robert Creaney pleaded guilty Monday to a single count each of negligent homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana, according to a release from the Harford County State's Attorney's Office.

Judge Maurice W. Baldwin sentenced Creaney to the maximum five years in jail before suspending all but one year and two months of that time. Once released, Creaney is ordered to serve five years supervised probation and make $13,787 restitution, the release states.

The accident occurred around 5 a.m., on Dec. 4 when Creaney's car crossed the center line and struck a car head-on operated by Donald Keith Van Gosen who was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier eastbound on Norrisville Road, or US Route 23, near Harford Creamery Road, Maryland State Police said at the time.

The 41-year-old Van Gosen, of Fawn Grove, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and prosecutors say Creaney was going about 50 to 56 miles per hour in his 2007 Nissan Xterra in heavy fog while under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

Creaney and his passenger, a 19-year-old Bel Air woman, were taken to York Hospital for treatment. Creaney's blood-alcohol concentration was .17 percent when his blood was tested three hours after the crash, the release states. The legal limit in Maryland is .08 percent.

Mike January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
folks they arent going to kill the person that was drinking that would be the only equalizer period. While IM SORRY for the LOSS Throwing the person in jail for life wont bring the person that lost a life back either. they will need real professional help not freaking Jail. Watch some Jail shows on tv and as you can see it makes you worse. SMH think people it aint illegal yet!!
Michelle Van Gosen January 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
You know Mike you are an idiot. You obviously have no clue what you are talking about. If you think that it is ok for someone to kill someone else and think that is ok to do you are crazy. You must have killed someone yourself or you have never had someone you know or love that was killed at the hands of someone else. There is no amount of justice for murder. But people need to have some kind of punishment for what they have done. Walking the streets is not punishment.
Michelle Van Gosen January 30, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Well wouldn't you like to know. Charles Creaney's passenger Kimberly Martin is suing Charles Creaney and his mother Susan for 150,000.00. She has waited for more than a year to file this civil suit. It must be nice to sue someone at the expense of someone elses death. She has even moved out of state temperally so she could file these charges. Needless to say she is the reason that Charles Creaney was driving that night. She has some nerve to try to benefit from my husbands death. I guess we will just have to wait for a little while to see how this all plays out. But I do not plan to just sit back and let her get away with this. Even if I have to sit in that courtroom and listen to more of her lies about the events that took place on Dec. 4, 2011. Everytime someone went to question her she would change her story. Even up to the time of the pre trial for my husband her story has kept changing over and over. Now with this civil suit she has changed a good part of the story again. How many more lies is this girl going to tell so she can make everyone around her look bad about this situation. She is just as responsible for my husbands death as Charles is. Well only time will tell. I will follow this case until the bitter end.
Daisy January 31, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Hopefully the Van Gosen family is suing as well.
justin April 01, 2013 at 02:33 AM
we have all made mistakes i graduated in the 2009 class from north harford and i have lost many close friends as well as a brother and sister i am far from perfect and god made me that way for a reason as well as he has a plan for everything and everybody in no way am i defending any actons but i know that he is not happy that this happened and i dont even have to know this man to know that. god bless

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