WINCHESTER – The driver in a March 24 head-on crash on Papermill Road in Frederick County that killed another driver and his father-in-law has been charged with reckless driving and driving without a license.
Anthony Dewayne Morris, 36, of Winchester, also is suspected of driving drunk, and more serious charges may be pending, according to state police spokeswoman Corrine Geller.
Mercer, 59, a retired Northrop Grumman executive, was killed along with front-seat passenger Jimmy Kilbourne, who was his father-in-law.
Kilbourne, 83, was an Air Force veteran and decorated Vietnam War hero who flew 160 combat missions, according to his obituary in Air Force Times. He later served two terms on the Winchester Regional Airport Authority.
Back-seat passengers Victoria Mercer, Michael Mercer’s 59-year-old wife, and James “Trey” Mercer, their 17-year-old son, were seriously injured in the crash.
A beer bottle was found by Morris’ pickup, and he admitted to having “three or four” drinks before the crash, a search warrant affidavit written by Trooper Anthony W. Backus stated. The affidavit was for a blood sample from Morris to determine his blood alcohol content.
“Mr. Morris did not slow down after veering to the left,” Backus wrote. “His driving behavior is indicative of being intoxicated.”
Morris’ driving record includes convictions for driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone in 2014 and for driving without wearing a seatbelt in December.
He is free on a $30,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Frederick County General District Court at 9 a.m. on May 21.
Geller stated in a Wednesday email that her agency is consulting with the Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office about additional charges against Morris.