Parents sue over death of daughter, 12

April 13, 1995

A Pasadena couple are suing Anne Arundel County for $400,000, claiming the design of a county intersection contributed to the 1993 death of their daughter, who was hit by a car while riding her bicycle.

John and Theresa Pope of the 1900 block of Hilltop Road filed the suit yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court. They allege that the county did not have adequate traffic control at the intersection of Bens Way and Main Avenue in Pasadena.

Christine Pope, then 12, was hit just before noon June 17, 1993, as she rode along Bens Way. She failed to obey a stop sign at Main Avenue and Bens Way, according to a police report. She died the next day at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The suit alleges that the county did not "control the intersection with adequate traffic control devices."

David Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said he had not seen the suit yesterday and could not comment.



* Pasadena: Someone stole a 3-pound Chihuahua from a back yard in the 100 block of Dale Road between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The dog, named "Penny," is worth $350.

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