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Harford County State's Attorney Office

Release Date: November 26, 2012
Contact: Joseph I. Cassilly, State's Attorney, 410.638.3500, or Email


Charles Robert Creaney, 23, of Churchville, plead guilty to one count of negligent homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and one count of possession of marijuana. The charges arose from a motor vehicle accident on December 4, 2011 at Route 23 and Harford Creamery Road. Donald Keith Van Gosen of Fawn Grove was traveling eastbound on Route 23 when Creaney’s Nissan Xterra traveling westbound struck Van Gosen’s Chevrolet Cavalier. An investigation by the Maryland State Police CRASH team revealed that Creaney’s vehicle was doing between 50-56mph during heavy fog when it crossed the double yellow lines and hit Van Gosen. His blood alcohol level was .17 nearly three hours later. Mr. Creaney and a passenger were treated for injuries and released.

Assistant State’s Attorney David Ryden asked the court to impose 18 months in the Harford County Detention Center despite no prior criminal history. Creaney was sentenced by Judge Maurice W. Baldwin to the maximum five years’ incarceration with all but 14 months suspended. Upon release Creaney will be on five years of supervised probation. He is also ordered to make $13,787 in restitution.


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