Judge bars boy from suing BG&E over injuries ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

June 11, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

The lawyer for a 10-year-old Annapolis boy seriously burned by an electrical transformer in 1991 says he will appeal a Circuit Court judge's decision to exempt Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. from liability for his injuries.

Attorney Alan Legum said he will ask the Court of Special Appeals to overturn a decision by Judge Bruce C. Williams that bars Terrence Tolbert, of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave., from suing the utility.

The judge said in a May 28 decision that the utility isn't liable because it did not own or maintain the 13,000-volt transformer at the Robinwood Housing complex, where the accident occurred.

The judge said responsibility for maintenance rested with the Annapolis Housing Authority, which owns the complex.

Terrence was burned while reaching for a stick near the transformer as he played with friends April 23, 1991, according to the papers filed in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

The boy suffered third-degree burns, lost his right arm and a bitoe and has facial scarring. He has required extensive skin grafts.

A suit filed June 26, 1991, by the boy's mother, Juanita Johns, sought a total of $25 million from BG&E and the Annapolis Housing Authority.

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