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Van that went through stop sign crashes into house

November 05, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

LEITERSBURG - A van that went through a stop sign Friday afternoon in Leitersburg was struck by a Jeep, then continued into a yard and hit a house, police said.

Both drivers were taken to Washington County Hospital, along with one passenger, but no one was seriously injured, Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class J.P. Grinnan said.

Macino Teus, 49, of Fort Pierce, Fla., who was driving the Plymouth van, was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without a license and driving on suspended Florida and Virginia licenses.

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Teus, a Haitian immigrant who worked in this area picking apples, allegedly went around a vehicle stopped on Md. 418, through a stop sign and right on Md. 60 toward Waynesboro, Pa., Grinnan said.

The van was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo driven by Steven Goulding, 52, of Hagerstown, Grinnan said. The van kept going a few hundred feet north on Md. 60, then off the road, stopping in a gully.

Grinnan said an off-duty trooper saw the crash - which happened about 5:30 p.m. - and went to see if the van driver was OK.

But Teus hit the accelerator, driving across the yard and into the foundation of a house, which had people inside. Grinnan said an air-conditioning unit and a gutter were knocked out. The van kept going through the backyard, finally stopping in a wooded area.

Teus was in fair condition Friday night at Washington County Hospital. A nursing supervisor said Goulding was being treated in the emergency room.

Grinnan said Goulding's 14-year-old daughter, in the Jeep's front passenger seat, had bruises and also was taken to the hospital.

Ninety minutes after the crash, the Jeep still sat on Md. 60. The passenger side of the windshield was smashed. Both front airbags had deployed.

Two passengers in Teus' van were not injured, Grinnan said.

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