Two More Women File Suit After Fatal Dublin Accident

December 02, 1990

Two Darlington women injured in a May 1 accident involving a county Office on Aging van and a pickup truck are suing the county and the drivers of the vehicles.

Four suits have been filed in Harford Circuit Court as a result of the accident, which occurred at the intersection of routes 136 and 440 in Dublin.

Two people were killed and five others injured in the accident. All were passengers in the county van, which was driven by Leilonie T. Baer of Bel Air.

The van collided with a pick-up driven by David S. Gorrell of Forest Hill.

In a new suit, filed Nov. 15, Martha Bodycombe is seeking $500,000 from each of the defendants for injuries she says she received.

In a separate suit, also filed Nov. 15, Selma B. Miller is seeking $250,000 from each of the defendants for injuries she says occurred in the accident.

Meanwhile, the family of Iona R. Pierce, a Jarrettsville woman who died as a result of injuries she received in the accident, is seeking a total of $3 million from the county, Baer and Gorrell.

Another passenger in the van, Courtney M. Brooks of Darlington, is seeking a total of $2.25 million from the defendants.

According to a police report, Baer stopped the van, which was used to transport senior citizens, at a stop sign on Route 440 and then proceeded through the intersection. While in the intersection, the van was struck by Gorrell's truck, police said.

Baer, who pleaded guilty to a charge of negligent driving, told police she did not see the pickup when she stopped at the intersection, the report says.

Residents in the Dublin area have called on the state to improve safety at the intersection, but state officials say any improvements are at least two years away.

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