- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2010

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. | A man who authorities say accidentally drove his car into a crowd that had gathered to watch an illegal street race nearly two years ago, claiming eight lives, pleaded guilty Friday to eight counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Darren Bullock, 21, of Waldorf entered the plea in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Prosecutors say he faces 30 years, all but 15 years suspended, in prison. He will be sentenced March 1.

“Today’s plea will not bring back the lives of those killed on that tragic day, but today’s conviction holds Darren Bullock accountable for his actions,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

On Feb. 16, 2008, about 3 a.m., a car drove into a crowd that had gathered to watch an illegal street race on a suburban road in Accokeek. The victims ranged in age from their 20s to 60s.

The fans had spilled into the road to watch two other cars race off when they were hit from behind. Prosecutors say Bullock and Tavon Taylor, 20, of Waldorf, who were racing each other, weren’t part of the event that the fans had come to watch.

The crash cast a spotlight on an underground street-racing subculture in rural parts of Prince George’s County and southern Maryland. Police cracked down on the practice afterward and say once-common races have faded.

Taylor’s trial is set to begin Monday. He is also charged with eight counts of vehicular manslaughter.

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