Westminster woman, 20, dies after being hit by car on Rt. 140

Pedestrian error blamed in Tuesday accident

September 30, 2001

A 20-year-old Westminster woman who was hit Tuesday night while trying to cross Route 140 near Gorsuch Road died Thursday morning at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Christie Marie Welsh and Anthony Justin Woolery, 22, were crossing Route 140 on foot shortly before 10 p.m. when they were struck by a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by Susanne Mary Agniadis, 43.

According to a Maryland State Police press release, the couple, both wearing dark clothing, had run across the eastbound lanes of Route 140 and were crossing the westbound lanes when they were struck.

Ms. Welsh and Mr. Woolery were flown to the hospital, where Mr. Woolery was treated and released Wednesday.

State police said no charges would be filed against Ms. Agniadas because Ms. Welsh and Mr. Woolery were not within a proper crosswalk. The accident is being attributed to pedestrian error.

Ms. Welsh was the daughter of Connie Mae Snead Palmer of Westminster and Richard James Welsh of Baltimore, who survive her. She also is survived by her stepparents, a brother, stepbrother and stepsister, grandparents and a great-grandmother.

She was a 1998 graduate of Westminster High School.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Holman of Reisterstown Bible Church officiating. Interment will be in Baust Church Cemetery in Tyrone, between Westminster and Taneytown.

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