Gelfmans' family thanks rescuers

Neighbors, others `saved our parents' lives'


Family members of Howard Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and her husband, WJZ-TV consumer affairs reporter Richard D. "Dick" Gelfman, released a statement yesterday thanking emergency personnel for their care and well-wishers for their support in the wake of an accident Sunday night that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Baltimore woman.

"Our entire family feels very fortunate and we want to express our gratitude to the neighbors and passers-by who assisted on the scene and saved our parents' lives," Hillary Gelfman, 27, the couple's oldest daughter, said in a prepared statement.

The Gelfmans were driving west on Route 108 near Ten Mills Road in Columbia on Sunday night when their Ford Explorer was struck head-on by a Ford Tempo driven by 18-year- old Tiffani Rose Wiberg.

Investigators said Wiberg's car had crossed the double yellow line.

A neighbor helped pull Dick Gelfman out of the sport utility vehicle, which had caught fire.

Wiberg was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She died of multiple injuries, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Dick Gelfman, 54, who suffered a broken leg, remained at Shock Trauma last night in serious but stable condition. A hospital spokeswoman said Lenore Gelfman, 53, was expected to be released last night.

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