The son of Harford County Council President Billy Boniface was killed while driving a family pick-up truck at their Darlington farm early Monday morning, police said.
Benjamin Boniface, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, reported at approximately 4:50 a.m. on a private road on the Boniface’s Bonita farm, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office Monica Worrell. The farm is located on the 3700 block of Harmony Church Road in Darlington.
Worrell said Boniface was operating the vehicle when it failed to negotiate a curve and crashed through several fence posts, causing pieces of the fence to penetrate the windshield and fatally injure him.
According to a police report, a nightwatchman guarding the property told police that he heard Boniface’s vehicle drive onto the property at approximately 1:30 a.m.
The same nightwatchman came upon Boniface behind the wheel of a 1994 Ford pick-up truck at approximately 4:15 a.m., according to the report, and reached Billy Boniface at the family’s home. Boniface arrived on the scene and began performing CPR while the nightwatchman called police, Worrell said.
Worrell said police believe the vehicle he was driving when he was heard entering the property in the early morning hours was the same vehicle he was later found in. However, it was not clear whether had reached home before the accident and ventured out later in a different truck. She said the accident occured between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., but that she was unsure if the agency would “ever be able to be determine the exact time of the crash without witnesses.”
Council Vice-President Richard Slutzky said he spoke with Boniface briefly Monday morning. He said Boniface will not be at the council’s legislative session planned for Tuesday, but that the business of the council would proceed as scheduled.
“The thoughts and prayers of the council are with the Boniface family,” Slutzky said.
Out of respect for the Boniface family, the Darlington-Dublin Community Council is canceling its Wednesday night meeting, which county executive David Craig was scheduled to attend.
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