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SUV flips in downtown accident

April 07, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

A sports utility vehicle going the wrong way on Rochester Place Thursday afternoon collided with a pickup truck and flipped, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The Isuzu Amigo collided with a westbound Ford Ranger pickup on West Antietam Street after the Amigo pulled out of Rochester Place between South Potomac Street and Summit Avenue heading the wrong way, northbound, around 4:30 p.m., police said.

The Amigo landed upside down on Rochester Place on the other side of West Antietam Street near the District Court building under construction.

Amigo driver Michael Denikos, 23, of Edgewater, Md., was charged with failure to obey a traffic device and failure to stop and yield at a through highway, police said.

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Denikos' wife, Faith, a passenger in the Amigo, was treated at Washington County Hospital and later released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Denikos said he didn't see the "Do Not Enter" sign in the alley and didn't realize West Antietam Street was a road until it was too late.

The Amigo collided with the pickup truck driven by Donnie Abbott, 25, of Hagerstown.

Driving northbound up the alley, it looked like he was approaching a parking lot along the alley, not West Antietam Street, Denikos said.

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