Essex woman pleads guilty in McNeese fatal crash


September 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Essex woman plead guilty Tuesday in Montgomery County District Court, to two counts of homicide by vehicle/reckless driving, in connection with the November 28th, 2010 crash near Red Oak, that claimed the lives of two Cumberland children, Maliki and Alex Todd, and critically injured the boys’ mother, Nina McNeese.

The crash occurred when a car driven by 18-year old Karli Jo Brown passed two vehicles on a hill, and hit McNeese’ vehicle head-on. Court documents said Brown was driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone and texting on her cellphone at the time of the crash.

Brown, who turned 19 this past May, had faced charges which included the two counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, and one count of serious injury by vehicle. She had previously pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. In return for her guilty plea however, prosecutors dropped a charge of serious injury by motor vehicle. Brown faces the possibility of a 10-year prison sentence on each count. Her sentencing is set for 1:30-p.m. Monday, November 7th, 2011.