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Woman killed in crash

November 04, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A three-car accident Sunday morning on Virginia Avenue that claimed the life of an 81-year-old Hagerstown woman may have been triggered by seizure medicine being taken by another driver involved in the crash, Maryland State Police said.

Lois Wiebel of Garlinger Avenue was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:26 a.m. accident near the intersection with Massey Boulevard, police said.

Trooper 1st Class Kyle George said a 1983 Chevrolet Impala driven by Linda Golden, 54, of Stonebreak Road, Warfordsburg, Pa., was northbound on Virginia Avenue when she struck a 2000 Nissan in the rear, pushing it into a parking lot.

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The driver of that vehicle, Grace Mahoney, age unknown, of Milestone Garden Apartments, Williamsport, was unhurt.

After that impact, Golden's vehicle continued northbound until it struck Wiebel's 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix in the rear, pushing it into a utility pole, George said.

After the impact with the Grand Prix, Golden's vehicle continued on for another 100 yards before coming to a stop on the slow shoulder, George said.

When the trooper approached Golden, he said she appeared confused and disoriented. George said she told him she was taking seizure medicine.

Golden was taken by personnel from the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway to Washington County Hospital, where she was admitted. Hospital officials said Sunday night that her condition was fair.

While all emergency equipment had cleared by 1 p.m., Virginia Avenue was shut down until 2:30 p.m. while accident reconstructionists finished their investigation.

In March, an epileptic who blacked out behind the wheel killed a Frederick, Md., minister and his three young sons. Police in Frederick said the driver had a seizure shortly before the accident and had stopped taking his medication several days before the collision.

At least two Maryland lawmakers plan to submit legislation next year to change laws on drivers with medical conditions.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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