Juvenile to face charges in triathlete's death
Jul. 16, 1997




The unlicensed Rockville teen who police said drove the car that struck and killed champion triathlete Judith Marie Flannery of Chevy Chase will face charges this fall in juvenile court.

Sue Dudley, spokeswoman for the State's Attorney's Office, said she could not comment on the case, but said the petition summoning Timothy S. Reinhart, 16, is linked to the youth's "involvement" in the April 2 incident on River Road in Seneca.

Dudley referred further questions to Juvenile Court Judge Dennis M. McHugh, who declined to comment.

A hearing has been set for the fall.

On Friday, the boy's father, Ronald Milton Reinhart, 38, pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including homicide and drunken driving, brought against him.

Other charges against the father include one count of manslaughter by automobile, homicide by motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, contributing to rendering a child in need of assistance, and several traffic violations.

A police investigation said that the son, Timothy Reinhart, was driving his father's 1993 Hyundai Excel when it crossed the double yellow line on River Road in Seneca and hit Flannery, who was on a bike training ride with two friends.

Flannery died instantly.

If convicted, the father, who works for a landscaper, faces up to 18 years in prison and $8,000 in fines. His trial is set for Nov. 17.

Prosecutors in the father's case, Marc Hall and Cheryl McCally, could not be reached for comment.

The father's lawyer, Rockville-based John Monahan, said he would file a motion to withhold his client's blood-alcohol test as evidence in the trial, since the father was not driving.

Flannery, 57, won six U.S. and four world triathlon championships where athletes swim, run and bike on the same day. She completed the Ironman Triathlon, the superbowl of triathlons, three times.

Flannery, the mother of five children, was married to Dennis Flannery, a partner in the Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering.