Former 98 Rock radio DJ Stephen “Stash” Smith of Bel Air was sentenced Monday to serve six months at the Harford County Detention Center after pleading guilty to a DUI charge in connection with an Abingdon crash which injured five people in July.
Smith’s sentence came at a hearing in Harford County Circuit Court on his 49th birthday, according to court records. He was sentenced to one year with six months suspended, and three years of supervised probation, Harford County State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly said.
Smith’s employment with 98 Rock and its AM companion, WBAL 1090 AM, ended several days after charges were filed in the July 22 crash. Program manager Dave Hill said at the time that the Smith and the stations “parted ways,” and did not specify whether Smith had been fired.
According to Maryland State Police, Smith’s 2006 Nissan Quest was northbound on Route 24 at “an apparent high rate of speed” when state police said it struck the rear of a 2011 Hyundai which was stopped at a red light, pushing it forward into the rear of a 2009 Nissan SUV also stopped at the light. Smith then traveled through the intersection and an additional 300 feet north of the collision scene.
The driver of the Hyundai, Heather Manto, 34, of Bel Air and her four passengers, Todd Fisher, 30, of York, Pa., Joshua Stavrakoglou, 28, of Baltimore, Joshua Cowan, 32, also of Baltimore, and Harvey Dail, 29, of Abingdon were all transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where they were treated and later and released.
The driver of the 2009 Nissan Suv, Clinton Cottrell Sr., 48, and his passenger, Katherine Cottrell, 47, both of Bel Air, were not injured.
One of those injured in the crash told The Dagger that Smith was seen throwing cans from his vehicle following the crash, a claim Cassilly repeated Monday.
Smith had a history of driving offenses, including a previous drunk driving charge and several speeding citations. He had attended a “Biker Bash” event sponsored by 98 Rock at Cancun Cantina in Hanover earlier that day, according to social media postings.