80-year-old woman is killed as she crosses U.S. 50

December 03, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An 80-year-old Eastern Shore woman was killed early yesterday when she was struck by a tractor-trailer as she crossed U.S. 50 near Annapolis, state police said.

Elizabeth J. Schmitzer of the 200 block of West End Ave., Cambridge, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Sgt. Gary Manos of the Annapolis barracks said Schmitzer had pulled her 1990 Toyota Camry station wagon onto the right shoulder of eastbound U.S. 50 near the Rowe Boulevard exit about 5 a.m. Schmitzer crossed the highway and was on her way back to her car when a tractor-trailer struck her, dragging her body about 200 feet before it was able to stop, police said.

The driver, Thomas Stewart of Reed Trucking in Delaware, will not be charged, police said.

Police said they believe that Schmitzer might have gotten out of the car to walk a dog. Items found in her car indicated that she had a dog with her.

Officers closed off two lanes of traffic until about 8 a.m., causing minor delays, police said.

County police arrested a 10-year-old Lothian girl Monday on charges of making bomb threats at her school that day and twice last month.

The Lothian Elementary School student was charged as a juvenile with three counts of false report of a bomb. She was being held at the Thomas J. S. Waxter Children's Center in Laurel.

Detectives Brett Blacker and Jack Payne questioned the girl at the school Monday after classes were interrupted by a bomb threat, and she confessed to making that threat and others on Nov. 3 and Nov. 21, police said.

School administrators told police that they found notes stating that a bomb had been planted in the school on those days.

Each time, they evacuated the building and called police, who searched the school but found nothing.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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