EASTON — Dante Marquis Kane, who recently was arrested and charged in connection with the July 2019 death of an Oxford pedestrian, has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond paid by a bail bondsman.
Kane, 18, was charged on Jan. 13 in Talbot County with negligent manslaughter by a motor vehicle and causing death by negligent operation of a motor vehicle for his alleged role in the death of Edith Jane Beglin, 71, of Oxford, who died July 1, 2019, immediately after Kane’s car hit her as she tried to walk across Oxford Road.
Beglin was walking to the Oxford firehouse, where she served as the Oxford Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary president, when Kane’s car hit her, officials said.
A months-long investigation into Beglin’s death, which was conducted primarily by the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, determined Kane was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon at a speed “three times greater” than the posted 25 mph speed limit when his car hit Beglin, officials said.
After the charges were filed against Kane in Talbot County — more than six months following Beglin’s death — a warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was taken into custody on Jan. 29 during a traffic stop by police in Howard County, a Talbot County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.
On Feb. 3 — less than one week after Kane’s arrest — he was released from the Talbot County Detention Center, court records show.
Oxford Police Chief Pat Maxwell said of Kane’s release, during a Wednesday, Feb. 12, interview, that he trusts the justice system and he will “rely on the good people of Talbot County to make a reasonable and prudent decision on the facts presented to the court” during the proceedings in Kane’s case.
“I’ve been doing this for 39 years, and I’ve always been a believer in the justice system and bail. Everybody has that right,” Maxwell said. “The next step will be (Kane’s) appearance in a circuit court for Talbot County, where a jury of his peers or a judge will determine his fate.”
Kane, who lives in Brooklyn, Md., also is facing charges in Howard County, Ocean City and Glen Burnie for alleged drug and traffic offenses — all of which are unrelated to the pedestrian crash that killed Beglin, online court records stated.
A date for further proceedings in the case of Beglin’s death in Talbot County has not yet been set. But Kane is expected to appear at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Worcester County District Court for a preliminary hearing in a felony drug case against him.