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Truck driver in crash that killed baby indicted


Ethan Ruefly held by his parents Jonathan and Victoria

La Plata, MD – The driver of a box truck that was involved in a crash May 7 in Charles County that claimed the life of a 3-month-old baby has been indicted by a grand jury. According to the Maryland State Police (MSP) La Plata Barrack, Michael Maurice Ford, 49 of Columbia, was indicted June 4 on eight counts. The charges stem from the mid-afternoon collision on U.S. Route 301 north of Pierce Road in Waldorf. The infant, Ethan Ruefly, was flown to Children’s National Medical Center where he died four days later.

Ford (pictured) is charged with grossly negligent manslaughter by vehicle, negligent homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol per se, failing to return and remain at scene of accident knowing death occurred, failing to return and to remain at scene of accident involving death, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to render reasonable assistance to injured person in accident.

Ford was arrested without incident Thursday afternoon, June 7 in Howard County and transported to Charles County. He is in jail and is awaiting a bond hearing.

The case was investigated by Cpl. J. Zimmerman of the MSP. Assisting with the probe were the Maryland State Police CRASH Team, the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED), the Maryland State Apprehension Team (MSAT), the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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