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UPDATE: DUI Charges in Fatal Kingsville Accident

Police have charged one of the men seriously injured in an accident Friday morning.

Original report, , was published Nov. 16.

UPDATE (Nov. 19, 3:14 p.m.)—Police have charged a driver involved in a Friday morning fatal two-vehicle accident in Kingsville. 

Brandon Nathaniel Gentry, 24, of the 1400 block of Loch Carron Way in Bel Air, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence, according to Baltimore County police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher. 

The charges were not related to either alcohol or illegal drugs, according to Rogers-Feher. 

According to police, at 6:07 a.m. on Nov. 16, Gentry was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westbound near the intersection of Philadelphia Road and Pfeffers Road in Kingsville. The truck then crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Mazda Protege. 

Gentry was seriously injured in the accident. The driver of the Mazda Protege, 44-year-old Patrick Mahlon McKinney, of the 1200 block of Primrose Avenue in Rosedale, was also seriously injured. Both "incapacitated" men were taken by medevac to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to Rogers-Feher. 

Police confirmed that both men were in stable condition by Friday at noon.

A passenger in the Mazda Protege, 26-year-old William Strayer Jr. of the unit block of Sweet Gum Court in Essex, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected from the car. He was taken to Franklin Square Medical Center and pronounced dead, police said. 

Nearby resident Heidi Wallace said accidents are frequent along that stretch of Philadelphia Road, mainly because of speeding. 

"Kids fly down this road. You're just waiting to hear a crash," she said. "Right after we moved in 10 years ago, a couple of kids smashed an SUV. You couldn't even tell it was an SUV afterward. And we just had a boy on a bicycle hit right in front of our driveway." 

Her daughter Allie Wallace suggested that more police patrolling Philadelphia Road may reduce speeding. 

"I never see police shoot radar around here. We need it, especially at night," she said. 

Are you concerned about safety on Philadelphia Road? Tell us in the comments.

June Schmidt November 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
What legal drug would cause such an accident> over using it? So preventable.
Amy November 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Probably prescription drugs.
DS November 20, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Rather than blame the Police for not shooting radar - how about this people don't speed? The limits are posted for a reason. I know this person was under the influence and all - but mostly was a speeder all the time.
NottinghamFamily November 20, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I have to agree with DS here. Let's face it. Rt. 7 is pretty much the last frontier when it comes to flying down the road. I try to stay in the 40-45 mph range (hills tend to speed you up a bit if you're not constantly on the brakes) but there are people who come right up on your bumper and act like you are doing 20 mph. I've had plenty of people pass me at double yellow lines when I have my family in the vehicle. So yes, people complain about radar, but if you aren't speeding, you don't have anything to worry about.
rhonda warnick November 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
My friend is now a widow at a young age because of the idiot in that truck!!! Rest easy Brian Strayer. Love you Jess!
Court Reporter November 20, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Once again we see the court's inability to lock away such a dangerous person. The court records show a constant string of violations. the last being just last Monday.
HLV November 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM
My family has lived on Philadelphia Road --- just an eighth of a mile from this horrendous accident --- for more than 50 years. Heidi is right, people speed down the road all the time, passing illegally, riding your bumper. Evidently, this accident was due to DUI, possibly in addition to speeding. All the radar-traps in the world won't bring back William Strayer, and our hearts go out to his family.
Rach0215 November 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
It is VERY sad what happened to the person who died. However mistakes happen. There is NOWHERE posted that says this person was speeding. I was in a serious accident two years ago, I had a seizure for the first time and crashed into a stopped van while I was travelling at 50 mph. Thankfully noone was seriously injured, but HAD they been, I would have hoped that people reading my case wouldn't be judgemental close-minded people that accused me of everything in the book EXCEPT that maybe something happened that could have happened to any of you. I know the driver of that truck. I know he was not under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. ANY of you could have been prescribed a medication that had an adverse effect or fallen asleep at the wheel. Probably 95% of you text and see no problem with it. Also - had that man been wearing a seatbelt, the outcome could possibly have been much different. And to "COURT REPORTER" - he was locked away. For a few years. And instead of anyone being supportive of the fact that this was NOT due to illegal drugs or alcohol, you all are judging him as if he did. Yes it is sad that he died, it's a terrible thing.... and maybe I am the only one but I cannot imagine what the driver is going through right now. I know how terrible I felt when I had a seizure and hit someone, and had people in my car and two people in the other car - it is a HORRIBLE feeling and I didn't even kill anyone. My heart goes out to him just as much as everyone else.
Life November 23, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Rach0215......I am a personal friend of the person Brandon KILLED. I do know the facts of what happen and do know that he was on something. SO ask yourself, How would you feel if someone you know was KILLED by someone so selfish as Brandon? Brandon will have to live with this the rest of his life (if he cares). But by the way his record looks, he doesn't. How do you fall alseep at 6:00 in the morning heading to work? REALLY? So as BRANDON was being released from the hospital, family and friends were attending Brain's FUNERAL. SO how does that make you feel for the ones that are defending BRANDON? Someone such as Brandon is a heartless person and had no care for anyone's safety. It does not matter if Brian had a seat belt on, because it would not of help. When Brandon crossed the double line and driving in the wrong lane, Do you think that would have matter on a head on collision? No!!!! Brandon had a full size truck and hit a 4 door sedan vehicle, No comparsion. So, I am going to be that person who will be in the court room when the judge will ask, "Does anyone have anything to say to the Defendant", I will be that person with a lot to say. Just remember everyone, we all have a past and sometimes the past will always lead to your future. Brandon your past sure did lead yours. RIP Brian........
Celeste Adams November 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The sad part of this is that in 2002 Jessica and her family lost her older sister Jennifer in Gamber Md on a beautiful Friday afternood the same way by a drowsey driver who had her husband and a son in a vehivle in front of her and she had her son in a car just behind she claimed to have fallen asleep at 5:45 in the early afternoon because she had been up sine 7am for a baseball tournment, she had room to pull over and alert her husband nut she didn't and she killed our wonderful Jennifer. None the less she still jas her 2 children and her life. Jess went in the same funderal home and room again only this time the man she loved was in the same spot her sister was. Tradgedy. The women got 9 points and a 500.00 fine only because she was "a piller in her community etc. etc.etc.and lived not far from Cal Ripken" Yes she has to live with this but all Jenns family and niow Jess and again grieves for our loved one. If I could speak I would say Maryland does not punish drivers who take other lives may they rot in hell.
Family Man November 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Only an ignorant person would suggest in some round about way that it is the other guys fault because he was not wearing a seatbelt. That comment is pretty messed up!!
Family Man November 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I on the other hand know Brandon. I know his record also. My question to anyone is what the hell was he doing driving? I do not understand how he even had a license. In 6 years he has managed to rack up over 40 different charges. Like a couple different fleeing and eluding the police in a vehicule and on foot. Excessive speeding, reckless & Negligent driving and a FAILURE to DRIVE RIGHT of CENTER. Prescription forgery and altering a prescription. These charges seem to be very pertinent to this case, but they will probably be inadmissable at trial. It seems to me that he should have not had a license, let alone been out on the streets. He is a bad egg. He had 2 different medication in his blood that he was prescribed. The funny thing is that these 2 medications contradict one another and I bet that either Doctor had no idea he was on the other medication or they would not have prescribed the pain meds. When the police searched the car they had found multiples of the medications. Why would he need so many? I do not need to answer that question for you. I know him and he is very self centered and only really worries about himself and appearances. He has been bailed out of trouble his whole life and this time Mommy and Daddy are going to be unable to do so. For the bleeding Hearts out there for Brandon. Make sure you really know the person you are defending. The world will be a safer place when he is behind bars. Maybe not the world, but at least Bel Air, MD.
Jessica Strayer November 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Rachel - this was my husband. It is devastating. To me, his mother and father, his two sisters and their husbands, his and my family and the numerous friends he had. He was pulled over two days before, because he forgot to have his license renewed. So he did the right thing, waited to drive until he got it renewed that evening. But, he didn't make it to that evening and he never will. He was struck head on by a driver who had multiple things in his system. For things that were done before. Crossing the center line, driving while under the influence, and god knows what else. I will never have a family with him because of this. I will never have his children, and grow old together because of this. His and my parents will never see grandchildren. His sisters will never see nieces or nephews. We had plans in life, we had big dreams. But my entire life has been flipped upside down because some how Brandon decided to not pay attention, choose to take whatever and killed the love of my life. So before you start ranting about what a great person he is try reading this: http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiry-results.jsp?action=Search&d-16544-s=7&filingDate=&filingStart=&courtSystem=B&firstName=BRANDON&filingEnd=&d-16544-o=1&lastName=GENTRY&company=N&site=00&partyType=&d-16544-p=1&countyName=&middleName= and then watch this, this is who i'll miss https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100659309146165&set=vb.18419759&type=3&theater
Family Man November 27, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Jessica, I am so sorry for your loss. There is not much a person can say about this horrible situation. I want to share something someone told me a long time ago when I lost my little brother. " His heart was pure and God saw it. It would have been selfish of us to keep him all to ourselves, So God took him too early from us. When he reached Heaven he asked "why God?" God answered " I'm sorry to take you from the ones whom you love and from the ones whom love you, but I need you. I have watched how you have affected so many around you with your pure heart. I need you to do the same for the people around the world whom are in need of such a Angel." The man said " I now understand, but I miss them so." God said " Don't worry my son you will always be with them and they will always be with you." Jessica I hope you can find some comfort in that thought. Remember that he will always be with you.
heads up people November 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I know Brandon as well and i think people need to leave his parents out of this situation. They had another child who recently passed away and she was a Baltimore country police officer so obviously parenting had nothing to do with his behavior. As for Brandon i believe he needs to be charged and leave it in the courts. As far as Bel Air being safer there are a lot more threats to that area than one person and if drugs were not so easily to obtain maybe then the streets would be safer. Now while I will not defend Brandon i will defend his family. I agree Brandon has made many bad decisions in his life but they were fueled by the other "bad eggs" in that area not his family
Tim November 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM
95% of the people text and drive. Yes, that's EXACTLY the problem with terribad drivers in this state. There's a reason this state's drivers suck. Because our leadership doesn't have the fortitude to start dropping serious fines on people who violate existing cell phone use laws. Also, assessing any percentage of the blame on the victim who died to not wearing a seat belt is just sad.
Family Man November 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Nothing was ever said about how his parents raised him. I never indicated that his parents had anything to do with his behaviors. You added that, Heads up. All I said was they bailed him out of trouble a lot. I like his parents. They are very good people. I feel terrible for them. Have you seen his record? He has over 40 different charges in Bel Air. A lot of these incidents were fleeing and eluding which could have been so more severe if there were innocent people on the road when he was running from the cops. You are blaming drugs on the street as a contributing factor? Come on!! He had prescribed drugs in his system and extras on him. So he did not obtain them off the street. He was abusing and selling his own prescribed drugs. I have seen this first hand. Brandon is a grown man. "Bad Eggs" did not cause him to make the choices he made. He is responsible for his own decisions and he has not yet learned his lesson and changed his path in life. Most people make a few mistakes and then change their behaviors. He has not changed. he has not yet suffered the true consequences of his actions. You would have thought that 2 years inside would have made him realize he needed to change his lifestyle. Its just a shame that Brian was in Brandon's collateral damage wake. In these situations you always seem to lose the innocent and the "Bad Eggs" get to go home two days later.
Reanna Cresta November 30, 2012 at 04:17 AM
How anyone could defend this worthless human being "Brandon" is beyound any logicial understanding. I don't care who his family is, or how he was raised, or whether he is remorseful... he has taken the life of an extremely exceptional person, someone who was caring, giving, loving and honorable. All I can do is pray that the life "Brandon" still has hands him depressing blow after blow. Brian Strayer lived life the way everyone should, "one second at a time" and had a blast doing it. My very best friend has lost the love of her life, my husband has lost his best friend, and I have lost someone I have loved dearly as well as his wonderful family, Jess's wonderful family, and Brian's ENDLESS circle of friends. How dare anyone to question if him wearing a seatbelt would have changed a single thing that horrible morning! No, it would not have. The same loser would have taken his life just the same. Additionally, if you are taking drugs, prescribed or not, and know this affects your judgement, then you are 100% responsible for the actions you committ... this also goes for falling asleep at the wheel, driving with a known medicial condiction... all negligent driving in which you should be held accountable for.
Rach0215 December 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Was the person in the car with Brian wearing a seatbelt? He lived. Everyone is saying Brian without a doubt would have still died. Reanna Cresta - you cannot say "no it would not have" if the other person in the SAME car lived. So he would not necessarily have "taken his life just the same". I work in a hospital. I've seen people who are alive ONLY because they wore their seatbelt. I had a medical condition that was absolutely NOT known. I had my first seizure while driving. And I can promise you the only reason my friend and I are alive is because we were wearing our seat belts. I crashed into someone STOPPED going 50 mph. I was driving a truck and totaled the car I hit. My friend and I both would have gone head first through the windshield had we not been. And so would the couple in front of us(who were also both wearing their seatbelt). I can tell you firsthand that without that seat belt 4 of us would have either died or had severe brain/spinal cord injuries that day. So don't you dare tell me "the same lower would have taken his life just the same" because you don't know that.
Rach0215 December 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
*the same loser.
Rach0215 December 01, 2012 at 01:28 AM
None of this will bring Brian back. And none of it makes what happened right. It's SO sad. But too often people die who are not wearing seat belts. Yes, our law obviously sucks. The drivers in this state are terrible. But because everyone knows this, the best we can do is be responsible and wear our seat belt to protect ourselves the best we can. And as much as everyone has whined about speeding, something you CAN change if you're so worried about speeding, is to put it on.
Family Man December 01, 2012 at 01:57 AM
If you are going to go the route of if he was wearing his seatbelt the outcome would have been different than why don't we say if Brandon wouldn't have been stoned then he would have never crossed the yellow line and hit and killed that poor, innocent man. Also if you looked at the pictures of the car closely you would see that the majority of the damage was on the passenger side. I don't car if he was wearing his seatbelt or not that type of damage at those speeds would have killed anyone with or without a seatbelt. Your crash was at 50 mph into a stopped car. Their crash was probably at a combined speed of at the minimum 100mph. Each car was travelling at probably 45 to 50mph. So don't compare your crash to this because this accident was atleast double the impact that you had. Just admit that the comment about the seatbelt was inconsiderate and a terrible thing to insinuate that it was somehow Brian's fault. If you truly think that you are a terrible and delusional little person. I feel sorry for you if you think that!!
Family Man December 01, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Let go of the seatbealt comments. It would have not made a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Life December 02, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Rach.....enough. You are truely making me mad. I am in the automotive field and do look at several damage cars a day and I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THAT WEARING A SEAT BELT WOULD NOT HAVE SAVED BRIAN!!!!!!!! I did get the chance to go look at both vehicles and the Mazda was a total mess, as well as the truck. Brian never had a chance. So, before you go running your mouth about working in a hospital, I am going to run my mouth as a automotive damage appraiser!!!!!! So, stop defending someone that was so careless and disrepectful such as Brandon. As a grown man, he should have known better to get behind the wheel and drive. It wasn't like he didn't know how the drugs would react to his body. And if you had any repsect for Brian's family and friends, you would say a pray instead of putting your disrepectful comments on here. Have a heart and show some respect if you have a heart. Just think how you felt when you hit that person. Just Saying.....and it is SO sad!!!!!!!
Little Brian December 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Brian was not ejected from the car. When the owner of the property came out he found him in the back seat. So someone please explain to me how a seat belt would've done anything in this situation. If you look at where the vehicles hit it was front passenger side of the truck to the front passenger side of the mazda. So seat belt or no seat belt it wouldn't have mattered. Look up seat belt crash tests at 100 mph into brick wall. You wont find any. Miss you cuz .

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