Frederick Man Sentenced For Fatal Crash

The accident killed a passenger in his truck.

Frederick, Md. (KM)  Sentence was handed down on Wednesday to a Frederick man who caused a vehicle crash which killed a passenger in his truck. Cole Laban Abernat Hallyburton, 20, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to 18-months to serve in the local Adult Detention Center.

Hallyburton will be put on four-years of supervised probation when he’s released from jail. “He has a couple of special conditions. He has to do certain programs and treatment as recommended by Crossroads,” says State’s Attorney Charlie Smith. “He has to continue in counseling which he’s in right now, and complete 100 hours of community service.”

On September 4th, 2015, Hallyburton was driving his Ford F-250 pickup truck in the area of Buckeystown Pike and Lily Ponds Road when he ran through a stop sign and struck a Mazda. A passenger in Hallyburton’s truck, Luke Clemons Bartlett, 20, of New Market,  was killed.  The occupants of the Mazda were injured.

Police say Hallyburton was legally drunk at the time of the crash.

“As Judge Rolle said, these are the most difficult cases that he has to hear because it involves a relatively law-abiding person who makes a bad decision one night and leads to a tragic death,” says Smith. “These are tough things, but you have send a wake up call, even to these young men who don’t have criminal histories but are drinking and driving.”

Circuit Court Judge Scott Rolle presided over Wednesday’s sentencing.

Smith says Bartlett’s family read a victim impact statement in court, and is happy with the plea entered by Hallyburton.