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Two killed in separate accidents

November 09, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

WASHINGTON COUNTY

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Two separate accidents Monday claimed the lives of a 17-year-old Hagerstown boy and a 24-year-old Hagerstown man, according to the Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Matthew Goodridge, 17, died at Washington County Hospital at about 11 p.m. from injuries received when he was thrown from an E-Ton Beamer scooter on Wilson Boulevard near its intersection with Summit Avenue at about 3:15 p.m., Hagerstown Police Department Officer Tim Rossiter said.

Erik Lynn Hines, 24, of 18630 Crestwood Drive, died at Washington County Hospital from injuries received in a 9:11 p.m. accident on Cedar Ridge Road near Williamsport, county police said.

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Goodridge, of 1011 Corbett St., was driving the scooter east on Wilson Boulevard when, witnesses said, he began to wobble, Rossiter said. He lost control, hit a curb and was thrown into a metal pole, which he hit with his stomach, Rossiter said.

Goodridge, who was conscious at the scene of the accident, went through two surgeries throughout the night before he died, Rossiter said.

Hines, who worked as a blacktop finisher with Craig Paving, was on his way to a friend's house to watch a football game when the accident occurred, said his father, Steven Hines, 51, with whom he lived.

Steven Hines and his wife, Vicki, 49, were told of the accident by a friend who works with the Clear Spring Fire Department and made it to the hospital before Erik Hines arrived, Steven Hines said.

Erik Hines had just dropped off his 3-year-old son, Brandon, at Brandon's mother's house before the accident occurred, Steven Hines said.

The Sheriff's Department said in a written release that Hines was northbound on Cedar Ridge Road, lost control of his 1989 Jeep Cherokee, left the road and hit a utility pole, shearing it off into an adjacent tree in front of 12425 Cedar Ridge Road.

The impact to the driver's side of the Jeep pinned Hines inside, police said. Emergency rescue workers cut him free and transported him to Washington County Hospital, but he died from the injuries received in the accident, according to the release.

Hines had a tear to his heart, punctured lungs and had broken bones and several other injuries, Steven Hines said. He died at Washington County Hospital at 12:14 a.m.

"I never expected this," Steven Hines said of his son's death. Steven Hines said he had to make calls today for his son's funeral arrangements. "I figured he'd be doing this for me," he said.

Hines "liked to do a little bit of everything," including fishing and hunting, his father said.

He often went hunting with his father and older brother Shawn, 28, he said.

Erik Hines attended North Hagerstown High School until the 11th grade, Steven Hines said.

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