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Faison convicted by jury for May 2017 fatal crash in OC

By Brian Gilliland | Jan 11, 2018
Stanley Faison

(Jan. 12, 2018) Following five hours of deliberations over a two-day trial in Circuit Court in Snow Hill, Stanley Faison, 51, of Waldorf, Maryland was convicted on all counts relating to the May 21 pedestrian accident that claimed the life of J.R. Ednie, 23, of Manassas, Virginia.

Judge Brian Shockley ordered a pre-sentence investigation into Faison’s background, a process that can take weeks, so no sentencing date has been set.

Faison was found guilty of homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol, homicide while driving impaired by alcohol, homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol per se, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and negligent driving.

According to prosecutor Bill McDermott, Faison has two prior alcohol-related convictions.

Almost a month before the 45th Street crash in Ocean City, Faison was found guilty of driving under the influence in Hennepin County, Minnesota. In 2011, he was convicted of driving while impaired in Hoke County, North Carolina.

McDermott said he was seeking enhanced penalties for Faison because of his record.

Faison was driving a 1972 Chevrolet Impala north on Coastal Highway around 2:24 a.m. on May 21 when he struck Ednie, who was crossing the highway east to west near 45th Street and was not using a crosswalk, Ocean City Police said in a press statement.

According to event promoters, Faison was not a registered participant in the event.

After the crash, people at the scene initiated lifesaving efforts, which were continued by police and Ocean City EMS when they arrived. During the entire time officers were on scene, Ednie never regained consciousness, according to police reports.

Ednie was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was declared dead.

Ednie was thrown 151 feet from the point of impact, according to McDermott. The speed limit on that section of Coastal Highway is 35 miles per hour. According to the expert testimony of OCPD Det. Michael Karsnitz, who reconstructed the accident, Faison was traveling well in excess of the posted speed limit at the time of the crash.

Police testified that Faison was arrested, had his breath was tested for alcohol, and posted a .12 blood alcohol level.

A police search Faison’s vehicle after the crash revealed a large blue cooler behind the driver’s seat that contained multiple types of alcoholic beverages.

“In a civilized society, we hold drunk drivers accountable when they kill people – and Mr. Faison took the life of a young 23-year-old man, robbed his parents of a son and his sisters of a brother, he needs to be held accountable for striking a person so hard it literally knocked him out of his shoes,” McDermott said in a press release.

Several relatives of Ednie’s were at the trial, wearing T-shirts featuring the face of J.R. Ednie, captioned with “you should be here.” After the trial, Ednie’s parents released a statement.

It reads, in part, as follows.

“This has not been easy, it was the most grueling two full days in court we have ever had to experience. Although you could say justice is being served, we pray to get the chance to see J.R. again. In our eyes, justice can never and will never be served. He did not deserve what happened to him, he was a young man that had his life taken from him in a matter of minutes. We are happy to see this should not happen to any other family because this man will be behind bars. No one, no parent, no sisters should have to go through the living nightmare we have every single day, to have to bury your child or brother. It is not the way life is supposed to happen and we pray no one has to experience this.”

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