Man Convicted Of Accident That Killed Best Friend

ELKTON, Md. (AP) — A man has been convicted of negligent vehicular homicide while impaired by alcohol in a 2010 car crash that killed his best friend.

The Cecil Whig reports Paul Edward Knettler, 61, of Elkton was convicted Wednesday. A jury acquitted him of a more serious charge, negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle. He will be sentenced June 5, when he faces up to three years in prison.

Kenneth Hampson, 66, of Elkton was a front-seat passenger in a car driven by Knettler. The two had been drinking at a friend’s home.

According to testimony, Knettler was trying to make a left turn when he cut into the path of another car. Hampson died later at a Delaware hospital. Knettler and the other driver were injured.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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