No Charges for Driver in Accident That Killed High School Coach

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A motorist won’t face criminal charges in an August accident that killed an assistant track coach at Annapolis High School.

Anne Arundel County prosecutors announced Friday that a grand jury has declined to indict 37-year-old Whitney Decesaris. She will be charged with negligent driving and other traffic offenses.

Decesaris was behind the wheel of a minivan that struck 50-year-old Patricia Cunningham while Cunningham was riding her bicycle on Riva Road in Davidsonville. Cunningham later died at a hospital.

State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess says the accident was tragic, and she points out that Maryland’s manslaughter law excludes acts of ordinary negligence. She notes that her office “continually lobbies for a more appropriate legal standard or proof for negligent manslaughter.”

An attorney for Decesaris could not immediately be located.

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