Driver Pleads Guilty in Work Zone Fatalities

Jan. 5, 2024
Six workers were killed in high-speed crash on I-695.

Melachi Brown, 20, pleaded guilty to six counts of felony manslaughter in the deaths of six construction workers last March. As part of a plea deal, he could spend 18 months in prison if the deal is approved by the judge in the case.

Brown’s car was one of two involved in the accident on Interstate 695 in Baltimore Country, Maryland. The other was driven by 54-year-old Lisa Lea. Her case is set for trail.

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WJZ News reported in March that initial investigations pointed to Lea losing control of her car, which then hit Brown’s before driving into the work zone and striking the six workers. The news outlet described the incident as a “high-speed crash.” It cited prosecutors who said Brown was driving 121 mph when Lea’s car hit his. She was clocked at 108 mph.

WJZ posted a video of the two cars colliding.

The two drivers were each charged with six counts of felony negligent manslaughter by vehicle, six counts of death of a vulnerable person, and numerous traffic violations.

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Rod Sutton

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