Baltimore Sun : 2020-08-01

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2 NEWS THE BALTIMORE SUN | | SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 Family files suit against county for alleged role in deaths By Lillian Reed marijuana, at the time of the crash. Schwarzman was also driving 44 mph in an area with a 25 mph speed limit, prosecutor­s said. Gaddis believes the motorist and the county are equally responsibl­e for the crash, she said. “While the county does not generally comment on matters related to pending litigation, the death of Deborah Limmer and Delaney Gaddis was a tragedy and the county continues to offer its condolence­s to the Gaddis and Limmer families and their loved ones,” county spokesman Sean Naron said in a statement Tuesday. The civil suit claims that Girdwood Road was designed with a sharp bend that sloped and generated excessive downhill speed. The road allegedly lacked a stop sign and funneled traffic at high speeds into the path of homes and pedestrian­s, the suit states. The suit alleges that Baltimore County officials were aware of the problems and had received complaints from residents about the roadway. In early January 2018, Baltimore County officials performed a speed study of Girdwood Road that showed 20% to 30% of traffic exceeded the 25 mph speed limit by more than 10 mph, with 120 vehicles traveling 15-20 mph above the speed limit, the complaint states. Family members allege Schwarzman’s vehicle struck the median of the countyowne­d Girdwood Road, veering to the right and onto the public sidewalk where Limmer and her granddaugh­ter were walking. After the 2018 crash, the county made substantia­l changes to Girdwood Road, including the reinstalla­tion of a stop sign on the southbound corner of Girdwood and Treherne and the addition of new road signage, markings and median. The lawsuit names Baltimore County government, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Baltimore County Bureau of Traffic Engineerin­g & Transporta­tion Planning. Attorneys John Angelos and Edwin David Hoskins are representi­ng Delaney’s parents, Jennifer and Brian Gaddis, as well as Limmer’s sons and daughter, Robert and Thomas Limmer and Joan Chojnacki, as plaintiffs in the suit. Denice Holin, a representa­tive of Limmer’s estate, is also listed as a plaintiff. “The thing [Gaddis] wants now is for Baltimore County to apologize so she can have some kind of closure in her life,” Angelos said. Family members are asking for a jury trial and are seeking unspecifie­d damages. The family of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmothe­r who were struck and killed in a Timonium crash in 2018 have filed a wrongful-death suit against Baltimore County. The civil complaint, filed July 17 in Baltimore County Circuit Court, alleges county officials were negligent by failing to address documented traffic problems on the stretch of road where 62-year-old Deborah Limmer and her granddaugh­ter, Delaney Gaddis, were killed. For Jennifer Gaddis, the family’s suit is about seeking justice and finding closure, she said this week. “Nothing can bring back my mother and daughter — they’re irreplacea­ble,” Gaddis said. “I want some sort of justice, and nothing is ever going to be enough.” Limmer was pushing her granddaugh­ter in a stroller on the sidewalk July 23, 2018, at approximat­ely 6:30 a.m. along Girdwood Road, near Dulaney High School when Callie Noble Schwarzman drove her SUV off the road and struck them. Schwarzman pleaded guilty to manslaught­er and was sentenced in December to serve 10 years in prison. County police said Schwarzman’s blood contained traces of clonazepam, methadone and THC, a compound in LOTTERY YESTERDAY’S NUMBERS AND RECENT DRAWINGS MULTISTATE GAMES Night Pick 3: 464 Pick 4: 9241 Treasure Hunt: 5 10 13 24 29 Match 6: 19 21 27 28 40 47 Cash 5: 8 16 18 24 39 Monday’s jackpot is an estimated $575,000. MARYLAND Mega Millions, July 31: — — — — — — Powerball, July 29: 7 29 35 40 45/26 Cash4Life, July 30: 8 12 18 54 58/ 1 Powerball: There was no winner in Wednesday’s drawing. Saturday’s jackpot is an estimated $137 million. Day Daily: 176 Pick 4: 5294 Night Daily: 171 Pick 4: 9045 5 Card Cash: 3d 7d 10c 4d 4c Bonus Match: 3 4 11 19 21/36 Multi-Match, July 30: 6 13 14 21 31 33 Multi-Match: There was no winner in Thursday’s drawing. DELAWARE Day Daily: 685 Play 4: 0266 Night Daily: 166 Play 4: 3539 Multi-Win, July 31: 7 10 22 28 32 35 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Day D.C. 3: 429 D.C. 4: 9574 Night D.C. 3: 250 D.C. 4: 4801 Day D.C. 5: 36125 Night D.C. 5: 47833 PENNSYLVAN­IA Day Pick 3: 738 Pick 4: 1221

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