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Woman who died in crash recalled as 'kind, gentle lady'

November 05, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

When Carol Corwell-Martin remembers her years teaching at Salem Elementary School with Lois Wiebel, she smiles even though she was saddened to learn of the veteran educator's death Sunday in a traffic accident.

"We were colleagues for six or seven years but I never called her Lois - she was always Mrs. Wiebel to me," Corwell-Martin said.

The three-car accident on Virginia Avenue that claimed the life of the 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 Sunday.

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.

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Carol Mowen, public information officer for Washington County Public Schools, said Wiebel taught school from 1959 until her retirement in 1991. All but three of those 32 years were spent at Salem Avenue.

"She taught second grade," Corwell-Martin said. "I will always remember her as a sweet, kind, gentle lady."

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

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.

The trooper said she told him she was taking seizure medicine.

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