Parents file suit against motorist who allegedly struck, killed girl 6-year-old died in Ritchie Highway accident

September 11, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

The parents of a 6-year-old girl killed when she was hit by a car along Ritchie Highway in 1995 filed a $2 million wrongful death suit in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday against the driver who allegedly hit her.

Randall and Dottie Ruscito, of the 600 block of High St., Chestertown, allege that Joi Lynn Hurley, of the 4000 block of Tudor Hall Road, Riva, was negligent in the Sept. 17 accident that killed their daughter.

Evelyn Ruscito was hit shortly before 8: 30 p.m. near Ritchie Highway's intersection with Coachmans Road in Severna Park.

Police said the accident occurred when the child and her family stopped and fled their car, which was heading south, because smoke was coming from under the hood and they thought it was on fire.

According to the suit, the father ran north along the highway to try to stop traffic to keep cars from entering the area because the smoke was so thick it was obscuring vision.

But the suit says Hurley, 25, who was heading south in a 1984 Volkswagen Jetta, drove around Ruscito and struck the child as she was standing on the shoulder of the smoke-obscured highway.

Hurley was not charged in the accident. She was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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