A drunk father whose 3-year-old daughter was killed when he crashed the four-wheeler in which they were riding has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
The father, Michael J. Enos, 30, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of vehicular homicide by intoxication. He was given an eight-year sentence and had his driver license revoked for five years. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of his eight-year term. He will report to jail March 24. In the meantime, he is being monitored with an ankle bracelet.
Prosecutors say Enos was driving at more than double the state’s .08 limit for intoxication when he crashed his four-wheeler while riding with his daughter, Harmony Rose Enos, on Harrison Ferry Mountain last April. Blood-alcohol tests showed Enos had a .19 alcohol level when his ATV crashed and overturned in a remote area off Wash Roberts Road around 8 p.m. on a Saturday night.
Enos carried the girl to a nearby house where an ambulance was called. However, the girl could not be revived and was pronounced dead on arrival at River Park Hospital.
Along with the high blood-alcohol level, prosecutors revealed family members tried to discourage Enos from taking the girl four-wheeling given his intoxicated condition. He had reportedly just returned from drinking at a local bar before taking off on the four-wheeler.