Woman dies of injuries suffered in Georgia crash

October 07, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

A former Maugansville resident has died from injuries she suffered in a Sept. 26 accident on Interstate 95 in Georgia, her brother said Saturday.

William Spigler of Waynesboro, Pa., said family members on Saturday had doctors remove his sister, Janet Racine, from life-support machines at a hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Racine, 70, never regained consciousness from a coma after the accident, Spigler said.

Racine's sister, Virginia Lee McDonnell, 68, a former Hagerstown resident who was living in Sonora, Calif., died at the scene of the accident, Spigler said.

A third sister, Joanne O'Brien, also was injured in the accident, but should be able to return to her home in California next week, Spigler said Friday.


The vehicle, which was driven by O'Brien, struck a sign on the side of I-95 near a rest stop, Spigler said.

The sisters were on their way to meet family members at a beach house in North Carolina when the accident occurred.

Patricia Ford and Victoria Hastings, both from the Hagerstown area, were at the beach house when they found out about the accident, Spigler said.

Ford, Hastings and their sister, Bonivant Ann Thomas, formerly of Hagerstown, drove to Georgia as soon as they heard about the accident, Spigler said.

This year was the third time the sisters were to get together at the North Carolina home.

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