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Quinzy Fraser sentenced to 8 years in death of cyclist Stanton Miller

January 17, 2011 - 03:00 PM
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Back in June, former University of Maryland football player Quinzy Fraser struck and killed cyclist Stanton Miller with his SUV on Ridge Road in Germantown. Fraser had been drinking that day and blew a .19, more than twice the legal limit in Maryland. On Friday he was sentenced to 8 years in prison for manslaughter by motor vehicle.

WTOP's Kate Ryan has been following the story very closely. She reports that Fraser delivered a taped video statement to police in which he said he'd consumed eight beers, the first of them at noon; that just before the crash he'd dropped his phone and went fishing for it; and that he'd heard a bang and immediately knew he'd hit someone.

The crash sent Miller, a highly experienced 48-year-old cyclist, more than 100 feet into a roadside fence. Fraser was driving 69 miles an hour at the moment of impact. According to Ryan, the prosecutor argued during the sentencing hearing that the 34-year-old Fraser walked up to Miller as lay on the ground and put his foot in the dying man's face. The allegation drew cries from Miller's family in the courtroom. 

Fraser had two previous DUI's in Maryland and a drunk-and-disorderly on Metro before the fatal crash.

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