DWI HIT PARADE: The perfect storm of JR Ednie jaywalking in front of DUI driver Stanley Faison ended in death

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DWI HIT PARADE: The perfect storm of JR Ednie jaywalking in front of DUI driver Stanley Faison ended in death

OCEAN CITY, MD. May 21, 2017— 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 45th Street and Coastal Highway in spite of a well-publicized effort aimed at pedestrians to use crosswalks.

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Police report that Ednie was not in a crosswalk not far from the intersection of 45th Street and Coastal Highway in spite of a well-publicized 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 Office of the Medical Examiner of Maryland will conduct a blood alcohol test on Ednie’s body to determine if he was also under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. 

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 with homicide by motor vehicle and negligent operation of a vehicle while under the influence

  • 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.

J R Ednie memorialized by friends on Facebook after he was killed by a DUI driver, now charged with homicide, after he jaywalked on Coastal Highway not long after the bars closed in Ocean City, Md.

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 to 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

Matthew Cheswick killed by DUI driver in 2012. Cheswick’s family joined in an effort with Ocean City officials to mark streets more intensively to warn pedestrians to obey traffic laws and crack down on drunk and drugged drivers. Photo courtesy of WJZ TV

Pedestrians jaywalking in Ocean City results in deaths and injuries; Diogo Facchini got off light for DUI homicide/hit and run in 2012 fatality

FACCHINI WAS RELEASED ON PROBATION IN 2016, VIOLATED HIS PROBATION WITHIN TWO MONTHS AND FAILED TO APPEAR IN COURT — AN ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT IS PENDING. CALL 911 IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS LOCATED

UPDATE: Facchini allowed out of jail on probation on June 29, 2016, was listed in court records as violating his probation on Aug. 12, 2016, failed to appear for the court hearing on Nov. 4, 2016. Court records show an active warrant is pending for his arrest to return him to court for a hearing and then back to prison for violation of his probation.

Diogo Miller Facchini sentenced to five years in prison for killing Matthew Cheswick in 2012, parole denied in 2013.

A petition on Change.org was begun to convince the Worcester County Circuit Court Judge to deny parole to Diogo Facchini for killing Matthew Cheswick as he drove at three times the legal limit and was convicted of DUI homicide as well as hit and run. After serving but eight months, Facchini was eligible for parole. Over three thousand signatures were presented to the Judge and the parole was denied. 

This report is from Carl Braun who started a petition on Change.org: Dec 22, 2013 —  The drunk driver that killed my best friend Matthew Cheswick was ordered to serve his full sentence on October 31. The petition was created when we found out he was up for parole after serving barely a year of a five-year sentence, FOR MURDER. Facchini was 3 times the legal limit when he hit Matthew at 65 mph in a 35. He kept on driving. Luckily witnesses stopped him and identified him. The petition spread like wildfire when I made it, as everyone felt the same as me. It was presented in court and Matthew’s parents told me it had a huge influence on the decision to keep Facchini behind bars.

Ocean City Police reported on Monday, May 28, 2012, at approximately 1:20 a.m., a Virginia man struck a pedestrian as he zoomed up Coastal Highway in the bus lane and fled the scene.

Ocean City Police responded to the area of 54th Street and Coastal Highway, in reference to a hit and run involving a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, a 22-year-old man from Cooksville, MD, was attempting to cross Coastal Highway from west to east when he was struck by an Isuzu Rodeo traveling northbound in the bus lane.

After striking the victim, the driver of the Isuzu, who was later identified as Diogo Miller Facchini, 30, of Lorton, VA, continued to travel north on Coastal Highway.  Facchini proceeded to travel east on 55th Street where witnesses followed his vehicle until he was apprehended by the police.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Facchini was traveling at a speed exceeding the posted speed limit when he struck the victim, who was identified as Mathew Jude Cheswick. Cheswick was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Facchini, who was not injured during the collision, was arrested and charged with homicide by a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and a number of other traffic related charges.  At the time of this release, Facchini was awaiting an initial appearance in front of an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.

 

 

OCPD Reminding Citizens to Walk Smart after Two Weekend Pedestrian Collisions

OCEAN CITY, MD – (August 15, 2016): While officers continue to investigate two pedestrian collisions that occurred over the weekend in the resort, the Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to Walk Smart and always use caution when crossing Coastal Highway.

On August 13, 2016, at approximately 10:46 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 73rd Street and Coastal Highway in reference to a traffic collision involving a pedestrian. Officers determined that a 34-year-old male attempted to cross Coastal Highway in the area when he was struck by a 4-door sedan. The victim was not using a crosswalk at the time of the collision. He was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center via Maryland State Police Trooper 4 helicopter and was released later that evening. The driver of the sedan was uninjured.

A few hours later, on August 14 at approximately 1:43 a.m., officers responded to 123rdStreet and Coastal Highway in reference to another traffic collision involving a pedestrian. Two males were attempting to cross Coastal Highway when one was struck by a 4-door sedan. The victim, a 20-year-old male, was in a crosswalk at the time of the collision but was crossing against the pedestrian signal. Ocean City EMS transported the victim to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the sedan was uninjured.

Ocean City police are reminding citizens to Walk Smart and always use marked crosswalks when crossing Coastal Highway and wait for the signal to indicate that it is safe to cross. Motorists are also advised to avoid distractions while driving and use extreme caution in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.