Maryland: fatal joyride into tree killed one; four of six occupants had DUI records, Karl Tomanek indicted for DUI homicide

Karl-Joseph-Tomanek indicted in DUI fatal wreck Howard Co Police Md.Five-month investigation into fatal crash results in negligent homicide and DUI charges for driver

DUI Killer Charged with Attempted Murder of Police Officer

Five months after a single-vehicle collision in Mt. Airy in which the front seat passenger was killed and three others were injured, police have charged the driver with negligent homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. Karl Joseph Tomanek, 29, of 1170 Shaffersville Road, was indicted this week by a grand jury.

Just before midnight on Dec. 12, 2014, traffic investigators responded to Shaffersville Road in Mt. Airy for a report that a pick-up truck had struck a tree.  Investigators believe Tomanek was operating the Ford F-350 that crossed over the center of the roadway, traveled into a ditch and hit a tree. The collision resulted in the death of front seat passenger James Nicholas Dejordy, 26, of Trotter Road in Clarksville.

The occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected in the crash, and it was initially unconfirmed who was driving the truck at the time of the incident.  After extensive and detailed investigation and evidence collection, police determined that Tomanek was the driver.

Three other occupants were transported to the Shock Trauma Center and later released.

This week, a grand jury indicted Tomanek on negligent homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and other charges. He was arrested the evening of May 11 and had a bond review hearing May 12.  He was released on $50,000 bond.


Friday Night Joyride into Tree Kills One, Sends 5 to Trauma Unit

MOUNT AIRY, MD. — Four men who were in a pickup truck that left the roadway Friday night in Howard County and overturned after striking a tree have been convicted of DUI in Maryland, including one who was killed in the crash.

The others, one of whom has two prior DUI convictions and may have been the driver, are now in a trauma unit, along with two other occupants of the overturned truck.

Howard County police report that they are investigating the single-vehicle collision that occurred on Shaffersville Road in Mount Airy on Dec. 12, 2014 just before midnight.

Police say that their preliminary investigation reveals a 2001 Ford F-350 pick-up was traveling northbound on Shaffersville Road between Shaffers Mill Road and Long Corner Road. The vehicle left the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. Howard County Police did not disclose which one of the occupants of the vehicle was the driver of the truck.

Maryland court records show that a 2001 Ford – the same year and make of the vehicle in the crash – was being driven on Feb. 14, 2014 by Karl Joseph Tomanek, one of the occupants of the truck that crashed. On that date, Tomanek was cited for DUI on Md. Rt. 27 at Twin Arch Road near the fire department grounds by Maryland State Trooper Michael Karas. Tomanek entered a guilty plea on May 15, 2014 and was sentenced to six months in jail with the sentence suspended by the Judge in Carroll County District Court. He was fined $300 and put on supervised probation. Tomanek was represented by Laurel attorney C. Michael Walls.

Tomanek had run up a prior DUI eight years ago.

He entered a guilty plea in Howard County District Court on Aug. 1, 2006 to a charge of DUI after being stopped on Centennial Lane at Frederick Road on April 5, 2006 by a Howard County Police Officer.  Tomanek was fined $350 and sentenced to six months in jail with all of his sentence suspended by the Howard County District Court Judge.

Tomanek was ticketed for speeding at the rate of 83 mph in a 65 mph speed zone on I-70 on Aug. 7, 2014. He entered a guilty plea on Oct. 15, 2014 and was fined $134.50 in Howard County District Court.

An occupant of the vehicle, James Nichols Dejordy, 26, of 5509 Trotter Road, Clarksville, died in the crash. Five other occupants were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in stable condition.

They have been identified as: Devon Elaine Markowitz, 24, of Woodbine; Seth Stevens Jackson, 23, of Dayton; Karl Joseph Tomanek, 28, of 1170 Shaffersville Rd., Mt. Airy; Andrew Brooke Stabler, 33, of Mt. Airy, and Jeffery Paul Feldblum, 25, of Highland.

Shaffersville Road was closed to thru traffic until 4:30 am on Dec. 13th as part of the investigation. Police say that the collision remains under investigation.

Maryland court records show that Dejordy was cited for DUI on Feb. 17, 2013 by Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy K. Radcliffe. In Carroll Court District Court on June 6, 2013, he entered a guilty plea and was given probation before judgment by the court. Dejordy was fined $100 and put on supervised probation.

Andrew Stabler, one of those taken to a trauma center, was cited for DUI on May 26, 2006 by a Maryland State Trooper as he drove on Ridge Road at Blacksmith Road in Carroll County.  He was given probation before judgment in Carroll County District Court on Sept. 20, 2006 and fined $242.50 and no jail time.

Maryland court records also show that a fourth member of the Friday night joyride has been convicted of drunk driving. Jeffrey Paul Feldblum, of 6790 Santa Lucia Drive in Highland, Md., was stopped while driving northbound on Rt. 219 at Mountainview Drive in Garrett County on Feb. 25, 2012 by Maryland State Trooper A. Nelson and cited for DUI. In Garrett County District Court on May 1, 2012, he entered a guilty plea and was given probation before judgment, fined $500 and sentenced to ninety days in jail, with all of the jail time suspended. In addition, the judge also suspended half of the fine.  Feldblum was represented by Hampstead attorney Michael A. Stoner.

Neither Jackson nor Markowitz had any Maryland DUI arrests or convictions.