Rockville Man Convicted in Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash Sentenced to Seven More Years

A Rockville man who killed three people in a 2011 drunk-driving crash was sentenced to an additional seven years in prison on Feb. 3 for violating probation. 

Kevin Coffay, 28, was convicted in 2012 of manslaughter for killing Haeley McGuire, 18, Johnny Hoover, 20, and Spencer Datt, 18 in the crash off Olney-Laytonsville Road on May 15, 2011. Charles Anthony Nardella, 19, survived with serious injuries. 

Coffay was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and his sentence was reduced to eight years a few months later. He was released on parole in 2016. 

On the night of the incident, Coffay fled the scene, and was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident where death occured. According to court documents, Coffay was driving at an excessive speed at the time of the crash. When he was tested three hours later, his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was .16, which is twice of what is considered ‘under the influence’ in Maryland (.08).  

According to court documents, in Sept. 2019, the Department of Parole and Probation said Coffay failed his probation. In October, he admitted in District Court to driving without the interlock device he’s required to use. The device stops a car from starting if the driver’s breath falls above a certain BAC. Coffay also admitted to driving with a suspended license, driving with no licence, driving without insurance, and failure to display a license when asked by a police officer. He admitted this again to the Circuit Court in November. 

Coffay is currently serving a two-year sentence for his probation violations, and on Feb. 3 he was given the additional seven-year sentence. It will begin after Coffay serves his current one. 

Court documents cite a specific incident on Feb. 28, 2019 when Coffay attempted to drive his car at around 3 a.m. with a .07 BAC, and tried again around 4 a.m. with a BAC that was still above the limit to trigger the interlock device. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy wrote that this was shocking behavior because it was a drunk-driving incident at 3 a.m. that killed his friends. 

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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