Matthew Cheswick's mother says Diogo Facchini has taken a plea, will avoid trial

SNOW HILL, Md. - Diogo Facchini, the man accused in a drunken hit and run in Ocean City that killed a Towson student in May, has opted to take a plea deal.  That's according to Cecilia Roe, the mother of the 22-year-old victim, Matthew Cheswick.  Roe was in court in Worcester County Friday when the decision was announced.

Facchini, 30, of Virginia, was originally charged with negligent homicide by car while intoxicated, driving under the influence, failure to stop his vehicle at the scene of an accident involving a death and other charges.  Roe says Facchini's deal includes a guilty plea to charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.  The remaining charges against him have been dropped.

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Matthew Cheswick was a Howard County native and a 2008 graduate of Glenelg High School. He was killed while crossing Coastal Highway over the Memorial Day weekend.  Facchini hit Cheswick while he was walking in the bus lane and continued to drive.  Court documents show Facchini then made a turn onto a dead end street and was held until police could arrive.

Roe says she will have to make a victim impact statement at sentencing.

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