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W.Va. boy dies when SUV swerves onto Ocean City sidewalk

July 07, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

OCEAN CITY, MD. - A 7-year-old Berkeley Springs, W.Va., boy who was spending Independence Day with his parents and brothers in Ocean City, Md., was struck by a sport utility vehicle while walking on a sidewalk in the resort town.

Ryan Kamden Greene was pronounced dead Sunday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., shortly after the 10:30 p.m. accident, said Pfc. Jennifer Smith, an Ocean City Police Department spokeswoman.

The driver of the SUV, who is pregnant, told officers she was taking shoes off her swollen feet when the accident occurred, police said.

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Ilana Gabey, 37, of West Ocean City, told officers that as she was taking off her shoes she came upon a car that had stopped or slowed down ahead of her.

Gabey said she couldn't find the brake and swerved her 1992 Ford Explorer to avoid striking the other vehicle, police said.

The SUV went into a bus lane and onto the sidewalk, where it hit a utility pole and phone box before striking Ryan and his two brothers, Richard Sauer, 9, and Todd Teter, 11, police said.

A hospital official said Tuesday that Richard and Todd had been discharged.

The boys were returning from a fireworks display with their parents and were waiting to cross Coastal Highway when the SUV drove up behind them on the sidewalk and hit the brothers, Smith said. The parents, who were standing in front of the children, were not hit.

No charges had been filed by Tuesday against Gabey, police said.

Ryan's mother, Wendy Sauer of Berkeley Springs, said she was not ready to speak publicly about the incident or her son Tuesday evening.

Sauer said that Richard, her biological son, and Todd, her stepson, were back home after being released from the hospital.

Ryan, who recently completed second grade at Widmeyer Elementary School in Berkeley Springs, was known to family members as "Ry Guy."

He was active in sports, including the Morgan County Little League, according to his obituary. He was a devoted fan of the Washington Redskins and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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