Son sues county, truck driver in death of 'MVA Lady' Woman was killed in 1995 in parking lot accident

January 16, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

The son of Glen Burnie's "Bernadette the MVA Lady," who was killed when a county dump truck ran over her in 1995, is suing Anne Arundel County and the truck driver for $2 million.

Edna Belle Hutchinson, 53, was a familiar face at the Motor Vehicle Administration office in Glen Burnie, where she went daily to ask for cigarettes and quarters.

Her death on May 30, 1995, as she was crossing a gas station parking lot upset MVA employees, some of whom had pitched in to buy her clothing, food and cigarettes at Christmas.

Hutchinson, a client at a program for the mentally ill, was walking across the lot in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway near Ordnance Road when she was struck by a dump truck driven by Donald Eugene Conway of Odenton.

Conway pulled out of the lot, and kept driving to the county trash transfer station, according to the lawsuit filed yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court by Richard E. Hutchinson of Deale.

Officials at the county Department of Public Works will have no comment on the lawsuit, said spokesman John A. Morris.

At the time, police said Hutchinson, who was about 5 feet tall, was so close to the front of the truck that Conway, who had driven 15 years for the county, didn't see her and didn't feel the impact as his 10-wheel truck ran over her.

John T. Henderson Jr. of Landover, lawyer for Mr. Hutchinson, said it is unclear how close the woman was to the truck or whether Conway should have seen her.

Conway, who had a clean driving record as a dump truck driver, was not charged.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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