Laurel driver charged in fatal hit-run accident

March 11, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Laurel woman was arrested over the weekend and charged in last month's hit-and-run accident that left another Laurel woman dead.

Hope Louise Gribble, 41, of the 9100 block of Cherry Lane was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. She was being held at the county Detention Center in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The victim, Elaine Bridgett Woodson, 37, of the 200 block of Easton St., was pronounced dead at the scene of the Feb. 23 accident. She was struck by a 1988 Chevrolet Astro van as she crossed Laurel Fort Meade Road shortly after 8 p.m. and was hit by two other cars, police said.

Police said a man called them Sunday afternoon and reported that an ex-girlfriend had told him about hitting someone with the van they jointly own. The man said he had given the woman a few days to turn herself in to police but that she had she refused.

The woman was arrested at her home about 9 p.m. Police said she told them she did not see the pedestrian -- who was wearing black clothing -- until a few seconds before impact and could not stop in time to avoid her.

She said she stopped at a nearby parking lot for a few minutes and that a passenger in the van urged her to drive away, police said.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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