Man servicing pay phones hit when car crashes Taneytown woman charged after auto spins into fence, lot off wet Route 140

March 06, 1997|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Taneytown woman apparently lost control of her car while braking for a yellow light on a wet Route 140 yesterday morning -- spinning through a split-rail fence at Twin Kiss Family Restaurant and injuring a Bell Atlantic Co. employee, state police said.

Carrie Lynn Hoffman, 21, was charged with driving without a driver's license, negligent driving and failure to control speed, said Trooper Ron Diggs.

The telephone company employee, Joseph J. Sievert, 50, of Westminster was taken by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was in stable condition with injuries to his lower limbs.

The accident occurred about 10: 20 a.m. on eastbound Route 140 just west of Sullivan Road. Police said that Sievert was standing at the rear of the company van, collecting coins from pay telephones in a parking lot beside the Westminster restaurant when a 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity skidded into him.

"It appears that the light was yellow. She tried to stop, and lost control, went sideways and slid into the lot through the fence," said Diggs. The Chevrolet also bounced into two parked vehicles, a 1981 Dodge Aries station wagon and a 1982 Mercury Cougar.

Several ambulances were sent to the scene, but the driver of the Chevrolet and two children, ages 1 and 3, apparently were uninjured in the accident, police said.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Diggs, looking at the twisted rear door of the telephone company's 1991 Dodge Ram. "He was very lucky."

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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