Maryland: The perfect storm of pedestrian jaywalking in front of DUI driver Stanley Faison ended in death

J R Ednie killed by DUI driver while jaywalking in Ocean City (2)

The perfect storm of pedestrian jaywalking in front of DUI driver Stanley Faison ended in death

From The Chesapeake Today

OCEAN CITY, MD. May 21, 2017; 11 a.m.): Driving drunk in Ocean City presents a special challenge as drunk and dumb pedestrians roll onto Coastal Highway like cattle with little regard for traffic.  Ocean City Police report that a Pennsylvania man in the resort town for a good time, had his last walk on the wild side when he waltzed into traffic at about 2:24 am.

The fatal stroll for James R. Ednie, 23, of Kelton, Pennsylvania was met with a vehicle operated by a Waldorf, Maryland, man who police placed under arrest for driving while impaired.

Police report that Ednie was not in a crosswalk not far from the intersection of 45 Street and Coastal Highway in spite of a well-published effort aimed at pedestrians to use crosswalks.  Ednie was crossing Coastal Highway from west to east near the intersection of 45th Street and Coastal Highway. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway at the time of the collision.

Lifesaving efforts were initiated by Good Samaritans at the scene and continued by police and Ocean City EMS. Police say Ednie was transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Stanley J. Faison, 50, of 514 University Drive, Waldorf, Md., was arrested and has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and multiple other traffic related charges.

Faison is currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building pending an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

  • Faison was charged by Ocean City Police Officer Morgan and has his first court appearance on July 3, 2017. He was charged with homicide by motor vehicle and negligent operation of a vehicle while under the influence. Faison was operating a 1972 Chevy.
  • Faison was charged with driving with suspended registration while operating a 2004 Infinity on Branch Ave. on Jan. 24, 2015 by a Prince Georges County Police Officer. In a plea deal with PG County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, he entered a guilty plea which resulted in Probation Before Judgement on May 15, 2015, with no fine and no time.
  • Faison was charged with spinning his wheels on April 6, 2014, on Rt. 5 northbound of Golden Beach Road in St. Mary’s County by Deputy Kevin Meyer. In a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, he entered a guilty plea and paid a fine of $70.
  • Faison was charged with driving without legal plates and on a suspended license by Charles County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Clark on Dec. 18, 2013, on St. Charles Parkway at Cambridge Drive. In a plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Tony Covington, he entered a guilty plea and was given Probation Before Judgement with no fine and no time.
  • Faison was charged with driving while suspended on June 25, 1997, in PG County and failed to appear in court.

Ocean City Maryland Police squad car on Coastal Highway. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

FROM FACEBOOK: memorials from friends of James R. (J R) Ednie:

Tom Pfaff

Collingdale, PA ·

Damn man at times like this there is no words in the world that can make things better. Jr not only did I consider you a friend of mine, you meant the world to the people that mean the world too me. I thank you so much Candace Judge Shaun Thornton and Jim Judge for introducing to JR Ednie. He was a great guy and forever will be missed. Until we meet again, RIP Jr!!

Kristina Lloyd

You always had a beautiful smile on your face JR Ednie 🙂 you will truly be missed by so many. Praying for your family and friends, may God be with them all❤️

Brittany Chestnut

Only the good die young 🙏🏼 Rest Easy JR Ednie

Johnny Parsons

Damn bro not much I can say! You’ll be missed love you brother rest easy JR Ednie #gonebutnotforgotten