Man fined $50 in crash that led to TV station owner’s death
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man has been fined $50 in connection with a crash that killed a longtime Delmarva broadcast news executive.
News outlets report that 38-year-old Shawn Armstrong on Thursday pleaded no contest to inattentive driving in the September 2017 crash that led to 76-year-old Thomas H. Draper’s death.
Delaware State Police had said the WBOC-TV owner was bicycling when he was struck by a pickup truck.
Armstrong also received a conditional dismissal of the misdemeanor charge of operation of vehicle causing death, provided he perform 50 hours of community service within a year.
Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky said Draper’s family was consulted and supported the plea deal.
Armstrong was initially found guilty of both counts in a September trial, but a mistrial was later declared for unreleased reasons.