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Driver sued over tot's death

May 18, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A Sharpsburg man and his parents are being sued for $30 million in connection with the 1998 Christmas Eve death of a 14-month-old child following a traffic accident in Keedysville, according to Washington County Circuit Court documents.

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Andrew Stevens of P.O. Box 345, Keedysville, filed the suit Monday against Ethan W., Denny Ray and Robin McCoy, both of 111 E. High St., Sharpsburg, on behalf of the estate of his late daughter, Emily Stevens.

According to allegations in court documents, Emily Stevens' mother, Melissa Mellott, was northbound on South Main Street in Keedysville and attempting to cross Md. 34 when her 1998 Dodge Neon collided with a 1986 Mazda RX7 driven by Ethan W. McCoy, who was westbound on Md. 34.

Emily Stevens was critically injured in the crash and was taken to Washington County Hospital, and then was flown to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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She died three days later, court documents said.

The suit alleges that Ethan McCoy, 19, drove recklessly, was going more than 20 miles over the speed limit and crossed the center line before the cars collided.

No charges were filed against Ethan McCoy following the accident, according to Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long.

The suit alleges that McCoy's parents, Denny Ray and Robin McCoy, were negligent in allowing their son to drive their car.

Stevens was not available for comment. A message left at the McCoy's home was not returned.

Andrew Stevens, who was being represented by attorney Martin H. Freeman, of Rockville, Md., is seeking $30 million for pain, mental anguish, medical bills, funeral and burial expenses.

Ethan McCoy could not be reached because he is serving a six-month sentence at the Washington County Detention Center for fourth-degree sex offense conviction and a 60-day sentence for a conviction on a charge of second-degree assault.

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