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Three hurt in auto crash

May 21, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Dana Gonzales was glad he forgot to turn off his cell phone when he took his grandson to the movies Tuesday.

Soon after "Daddy Day Care" started, his phone rang and he learned that his wife had been in a car accident.

He said his wife, Ursulla Gonzales, 47, of Williamsport, was not seriously hurt in the three-car wreck in front of the New Del-Mar Inn west of Hagerstown.

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Gonzales was driving east at about 5 p.m. when her green minivan collided head-on with a black Dodge Neon that was pushed into her lane by a Ford F-350 truck, Maryland State Police said.

The Neon was stopped and waiting to turn left into the Del-Mar when it was hit by the truck, police said.

The driver of the truck, Jeffrey Donald Stottlemyer, 37, of 4832 Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, was charged with negligent driving, police said.

The driver of the Neon and passenger, whose names were not released, were taken to Washington County Hospital, police said. Their conditions could not be determined Tuesday night.

Ursulla Gonzales was treated at the hospital and released, her husband said.

Gonzales' van ended up smashing through a white picket fence in the Del-Mar's parking lot.

"Looking at that, I just thank God," Dana Gonzales said.

Joe Peck said he was talking to some friends in the parking lot of the Del-Mar when he heard the accident.

"I heard the wheels squealing and bang, bang, bang," Peck said.

Del-Mar owner Henry Nigh said he heard the wreck and told a waitress to call for an ambulance.

After the accident, Nigh was sweeping up broken glass in his parking lot.

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