The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's office announced that Washington, D.C. police officer Austin Kirk Smith was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Friday for two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter in a 2021 crash that killed a young couple at a Lothian intersection.
Smith, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, was off-duty and driving a Dodge Charger on his way home from work on May 27, 2021, when he struck the passenger side of an SUV that was making a left-hand turn from Route 4 onto Lower Pindell Road. The driver, 21-year-old Nicholas Raymond Harris, of Lothian, and front-seat passenger, Leah Mae Foster, 23, of Chesapeake Beach, were killed in the crash. Police say Smith drove 105 miles per hour leading up to the collision. The speed limit at the intersection is 55 miles per hour.
Smith pleaded guilty to the two counts of manslaughter in Anne Arundel Circuit Court two months ago.