UPDATE: Drunk Driver Sentenced for Death of Two Bicyclists in Calvert County Last October

August 8, 2016
Catherine Lyon

Catherine Frances Lyon, 62 of Huntingtown

8/8/2016: On Friday, August 5, 2016, Calvert County Circuit Court Judge E. Gregory Wells sentenced Catherine Frances Lyon, of Huntingtown to 20 years for for the deaths of of John Henrik Fauerby, 64 and Lynne Frances Rosenbusch, 58, both of Clarksburg in Calvert County last October.

Lyon pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle. The couple died after being struck from behind by Lyon’s Jeep on Tobacco Road near Chesapeake Beach.

Judge Wells gave Lyon 10 years in jail for each count and suspended all but 18 months of each count. Wells also imposed five years probation.

John Henrik Fauerby, 64 and Lynne Frances Rosenbusch, 58 both of Clarksburg, MD

John Henrik Fauerby, 64 and Lynne Frances Rosenbusch, 58 both of Clarksburg, MD

11/2/2015: On October 31, 2015 at 2:57 p.m., units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of Tobacco Rd and Tobacco Lane, Chesapeake Beach Calvert County, Maryland in reference to a crash involving a motor vehicle and bicyclists.

A preliminary investigation revealed the following:

Two subjects, later identified as John Henrik Fauerby, 64 and Lynne Frances Rosenbusch, 58 both of Clarksburg, MD, were operating a tandem bicycle northbound on Tobacco Rd. A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, being operated by Catherine Frances Lyon, 62 of Huntingtown, was also traveling northbound on Tobacco Rd. The Jeep came up from behind the bicycle and struck it in the rear. As a result of the collision, both Fauerby and Rosenbusch were ejected from the bicycle. Due to the injuries from the collision, Rosenbusch was pronounced deceased on the scene by medical personnel. Fauerby was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

During the investigation it was determined that Lyon was operating the Jeep under the influence of alcohol.

Lyon was arrested and charged with multiple traffic and criminal charges including Driving Under the Influence and Homicide by Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence. Lyon was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center to await a hearing before the District Court Commissioner.

Corporal Thomas Phelps and other members of the Crash Reconstruction Team are conducting an investigation of the collision. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Cpl. Phelps at 410-535-2800.

The couple were married for 35-years, and belonged to a cyclist group called the Frederick Pedalers.

Lyon went before a District Court Commissioner and bail was set at $200,000. Lyon was released after posting the established bond pending further action by judicial authorities.

John Henrik Fauerby, 64 and Lynne Frances Rosenbusch, 58 both of Clarksburg, MD

John Henrik Fauerby, 64 and Lynne Frances Rosenbusch, 58 both of Clarksburg, MD

 

66 Responses to UPDATE: Drunk Driver Sentenced for Death of Two Bicyclists in Calvert County Last October

  1. Three Oclock on October 31, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Boozed up and drunk at 3 in the afternoon. Two people had to pay the price for this drunkard who just had to have that nip of booze and drive. Sad part is, she will probably get PBJ and walk.

    • Robin harbeck on November 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

      I hope shes brought up on manslaughter charges and goes to prison.

      • Anonymous on November 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        NOT manslaughter ! She is charged with double HOMICIDE by motor vehicle which she should be. What a daman shame. Their lives and YOURS is over because of your drinking !!

        • Captain Obvious on November 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm

          Homocide literally means “human kill.” That’s what vehicular manslaughter is, car kills human.

          • Anonymous on November 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

            Charges literally means “the charges associated with this crime.” That’s what she’s talking about: the difference between manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

          • Tell You What on August 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

            Homicide*

    • Roger on August 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Not far off….

  2. Anonymous on October 31, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Stupid drunk bit**! I hope you rot in hell

  3. Anonymous on November 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I’ll get the rope…

  4. J. Rebel on November 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Frigging drunks!

  5. Truth Hurts on November 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Where is the drunk b$@@h mug shot?????

    • Mike Jones on November 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I agree- if they can show that bloody joker, or the kid who stle a $1.00 candybar from the family dollar, show this worthless drunk c@nts face too!

  6. Tell You What on November 1, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    A 62 year old drunk driver? Come on now. The killer should be sentenced to the electric chair but I know that is no longer possible in the state of MD. Also, it seems as if at least 1/3 of MD drivers are under the influence of some kind of alcohol or illegal substance. Maybe there can eventually be another alcohol prohibition but I doubt if that would help because people would still find ways to make their own liquor/wine/beer and illegally import it and so on.

    • kevin on November 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      I cant believe people are still getting in a car after drinking hasen t that been illegal over 20 years

  7. Sea of Love on November 1, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    So upsetting. Alcohol over lives…apparently wherever she felt she needed to go was more important. So very sad.

  8. Calvert local on November 2, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I’m sure alot in the beach area would agree Calvert needs a bike trail,on the weekends it’s flooded with bikes..yes I know share the road…

    • isthatso on November 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      I very much agree that bike trails are needed in the area. I think about this every weekend morning when I am out on our country roads. It is scary to come around a curve or over a hill and there are bikers in the road. I think biking is great but I also hate when they ride on roads that do not have shoulders or have limited visibility.

      Also, I think we need to learn more of the facts before we jump to conclusions about the driver. It said driving under the influence not driving while intoxicated. If she had a few sips of wine at lunch I assume that qualifies as driving under the influence. How many of us are guilty of having a glass of wine or a beer when going out to dinner?

      • Calvert local on November 3, 2015 at 5:53 am

        Again I agree…a glass of wine and it’s alcohol related..thank you for an educated comment..

      • Anonymous on November 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        You should not drink and drive period! I don’t care if it’s a teaspoonful of wine or beer. Just don’t drink and drive.

      • Sunflowers on November 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        In Maryland, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is the more serious charge. Meaning she would have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of .08% or higher. She was also charged with 2 counts of DWI (Driving While Impaired) which is a lesser charge having a BAC of .07% – .02%.

        There was a report on the news that said she had a BAC of .12% As well as information that she faces 14 charges (traffic and criminal) from this tragic event. 2 counts of DUI and 2 counts of DWI as well as 2 counts of vehicular homicide, negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to control speed to avoid collision, following too closely, failure of driver to use care to avoid collision with bike operator, failure to pass safely at distance of at least 3 feet when passing. She posted a $200K property bond which the sheriff said was significant.

      • sunflowers on November 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

        I agree that more bike trails and/or bike lanes are needed in the area. I also agree that there is nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or a beer at dinner. However, if you know you have to drive, be responsible. Don’t get behind the wheel right away, have a cup of coffee, get a dessert.

        In Maryland, DUI is the more serious charge. Meaning the Blood Alcohol Content is .08% or greater. DWI (Driving while impared) is having a lesser BAC. If you read the entire list of charges, she was charged with 2 counts of both DUI and DWI. As well as negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to control speed to avoid collision, following vehicle to closely, failure to use care to avoid collision with bike operator, failure to pass safely at distance of at least 3 feet when passing. She will have her day in court and she has to live with what she has done for the rest of her life. I do hope she surrendered her drivers license until her court date.

        There are many people who have to find a way to live the rest of their lives with a void. Their were two very beautiful people who were out enjoying the day, following the law, riding on a straight road with a low speed limit, wearing safety gear.

        • Jetheo on November 5, 2015 at 7:18 am

          Were they riding with or against traffic? I only ask because you stated they were following the law. It’s been some time since I’ve researched this, but I believe bicyclists are supposed to ride against traffic if there is no shoulder on the road. Ultimately it is still the fault of the drunk driver, but bicyclists need to follow the law as well, it may save their life.

          • cheywolf on August 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

            With traffic..

          • Swaglyfe on August 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm

            It is always “with” traffic. Regardless of anything else. The reason is because they follow the same rules of the road, so they always travel in the direction of the traffic in that lane.

            The other reason, as I understand it, is for people pulling out/into businesses. For example, if you are pulling out of a business and turning right, you aren’t going to be expecting a vehicle (bicycle) to be coming from your right, everything should be coming from the left

      • Farmboy on November 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

        If I’m going out I’m not going to drink alcohol…

  9. Anonymous on November 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Everyone one on here cursing out the old drunk bastard. But you all are getting your alcohol on too. I say we have a war on alcohol,and not just a war on drunk f**ktards.

    • Anonymous on November 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Not so. I rarely drink and IF I did, I would NOT be driving a car !!!!!!!!!!!!! Just ignorant. This woman was 62 years old, not some dumb teenager (that does not excuse it). A crying shame. Those folks were married for 35 years and killed because of her negligence. I feel so horrible for their families and hope justice comes their way.

  10. Concerned Citizen on November 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Sad, Condolence to there loved ones.

  11. Oscar Meyer on November 2, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Hey Drunky. Make sure to look at the picture of the happy couple riding together. Etch that picture in your hazy, alcohol filled brain. I hope you see them EVERY night when you close your eyes. You destroyed a family. Hope the drinks were worth it…

  12. Joe L on November 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    How about a mugshot/booking photo for the accused instead of their happy Facebook profile picture? Thanks!

    • Christina on November 2, 2015 at 11:39 am

      The police have to provide that.

  13. Mike Jones on November 2, 2015 at 9:30 am

    #drunk lives matter

    • Christina on November 2, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Not cool.

    • Tell You What on August 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Only idiots use hash tags.

  14. Anonymous on November 2, 2015 at 11:37 am

    All this could have been avoided with a phone call and a $20 taxi ride. It isn’t worth it people, even if you got away with it 50 times it only take one time to ruin your life and end someone else’s life. It is unbelievable that people still don’t get this.

  15. Just somebody on November 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    That’s crazy to give her a bail with two people killed because she wanted to drink Ali bit and drive what does this show about our court Commissioners Shes probably out driving drunk now she should have not received bail the street is safer without her in the road

  16. Dana on November 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    How about the fact that she just 2 days before was arrested for assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication – time bomb waiting to happen!

    • Christina on November 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      She won’t get a chance to do anything like this again after this incident.

    • Artful Dodger on November 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Wasn’t that arrest in October 2014 or is there yet another in 2015?

    • anonymous on November 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Have I known her for about 20 years or more, and as you said a ticking time bomb.

  17. anonymous on November 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I can believe what happened. She was just an accident waiting happen. So sorry for the family.

  18. anonymous on November 3, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Sorry for the families. It’s all in God’s hands now.

  19. Anonymous on November 3, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Two families will have a lifetime of pain missing these two people over something that could of been avoided so easily. Heart breaking.

  20. Farmboy on November 4, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I am glad people get out and ride bikes but think bikes have no place on the road with motor vehicles. People need to ride bikes at parks, or maybe build more off road bike trails.

  21. AliceW on November 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Fine example of what serious alcohol consumption will do to your looks.

  22. Larry 1275 on November 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I think we need to band alcohol

  23. Truth Hurts on November 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Her mug shot is a big difference from her Facebook profile pic. She looks like she is 78 not 58! Sunscreen my white family is your friend.

    • AliceW on August 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

      That’s alcohol, sun doesn’t shine in bars.

  24. No Drunks in Jail on August 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

    18 months. Way to go there Judge. If I lived in Calvert- I’d recall that judge or have them removed from the bench. What kind of justice is that?

  25. Concerned Biker on August 9, 2016 at 7:30 am

    So this woman kills two people – get 20 years in jail and the judge suspended all but 3 years???? WTF is wrong with this picture?

    Judge E. Gregory Wells you suck

    • Anonymous on August 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

      If you voted democrat in any of the governor’s elections, you can thank yourself and if that’s the case, you suck.

  26. Sean on August 9, 2016 at 8:02 am

    So she gets 36 months actual jail time for killing to innocent people?

    • Grammar Cop on August 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Okay Sean, pull it over:

      *two

  27. Sweety B on August 9, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Wow. an 18 month suspended sentence. Lives sure don’t mean much to the judges down here in southern Maryland. Legal system FAIL.

    • Anonymous on August 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Yep. Remember that at the voting booth when it comes time to elect a governor. Liberal governors=liberal judges.

  28. eagle1 on August 9, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Makes me wonder if there was a direct payment ($) to the judge as a thank you.

  29. TiredOfCorruptJudges on August 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    What a JOKE! If you sentence someone to 20 years then MAKE THEM SERVE 20 YEARS!! If you are going to suspend all but 18 months (which is a JOKE! for killing someone) the sentence them to 18 months! What, do you just want to make it SOUND better for the press by saying “I gave her 20 years”? No you didn’t, you only gave her a year and a half!! She will probably be out in less that a year drinking and getting ready to kill another person. THe justice system SUCKS!

  30. Big Dookie on August 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

    18 months for killing 2 people? unreal

    • Truth Hurts on August 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Also known as: white privilege

  31. Ken M. on August 9, 2016 at 10:10 am

    That’s it??!! Pot heads have gotten more time than that!

    • Anonymous on August 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Yeah right. Idiot.

  32. Anonymous on August 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    See what happens when ur white..u get off of that was a black woman or man..they would have been dead before they got to jail.

    • Roger on August 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Oh shut up already…..

    • Truth Hurts on August 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Say it again, this wrinkled face pig caught off ’cause of her white privilege.

      • Anonymous on August 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        Your spelling privilege is hurting me. Please stop.

  33. Anonymous on August 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Too bad the title of the article wasn’t “Drunk Driver Sentenced to Death for killing Two Bicyclists in Calvert County Last October”. 36 months is shameful and in no way is this justice for the lives she took. She made the decision to drink, she made the decision to drive, and now two people are dead, two families will never get to see their loved one again, two sets of friends will never be able to hang out with their friend again. This lady will be able to do all of that with her family and friends and it isn’t right. How can she live with herself knowing what destruction her decisions have caused so many people. I hope the family sues her and takes everything she owns now and in the future. Maybe her being homeless and penniless will be some justice for the lives she took.