- The Washington Times - Monday, May 16, 2011

The Rockville man who crashed his car in Olney over the weekend and then fled the scene with three friends fatally injured inside the vehicle, attended two parties and had been drinking that night, prosecutors said Monday at a bond hearing.

The driver, Kevin B. Coffay, 20, is being held on $500,000 bond and faces five charges related to the accident and his failure to remain at the scene.

Mr. Coffay had “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his person” when police found him three hours after the crash early Sunday morning, according to charging documents.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said additional charges could come in the following days as the investigation into the crash continues.

Officials said they gave Mr. Coffay a blood alcohol test and are awaiting the results.

Mr. Coffay was driving his 2007 Toyota Corolla east on Olney Laytonsville Road about 3 a.m. when the car left the roadway, striking two trees and a telephone pole. He then eluded a police search until found in front of his parents’ home in the 16700 block of Cutlass Drive.

Defense attorney Michael McAuliffe said his client acted as “a panicky young kid” might.

“The kids are all friends,” he said. “This affects everyone’s family. He didn’t do anything callously.”

Friends and family members of Mr. Coffay’s attended his bond hearing but declined to comment. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison.

The driver and four passengers all had attended Magruder High School.

The three people who died are Spencer Datt, 18, of the 5700 block of Sunrise Hill Road in Derwood; John Hoover, 20, of the 5800 block of Rolling Drive in Rockville; and Haeley N. McGuire, 18, of the 5600 block of Artesian Drive in Rockville. She was scheduled to graduate from the school this spring.

The only other survivor was Charles Anthony Nardella, 19, of the 7700 block of Shady Brook Lane in Gaithersburg. He was sitting in the left rear-passenger seat and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Mr. Datt, who sat in the front passenger seat, died at the scene. Mr. Hoover, who was in the center-rear passenger seat, died at Montgomery General Hospital. Ms. McGuire, who sat in the right-rear passenger seat, was taken by helicopter to a local trauma center and died around 6 a.m.

“They all were very good kids, and this is a very big loss,” said Principal Leroy Evans. “To lose any kid is tragic.”

Grief counselors met with students, and the school held a moment of silence Monday.

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