HAGERSTOWN -- A Smithsburg man charged with negligent manslaughter by automobile in the May 25 death of a Boonsboro mother faces a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit filed Friday in Washington County Circuit Court by the victim's husband.
Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr., 45, of 12435 Pleasant Valley Road in Smithsburg, was charged in an accident on Md. 77 that claimed the life of Debra Reed Fields-Jordan, 35, of Boonsboro.
Fields-Jordan was eastbound on Md. 77 on a motorcycle when a pickup truck traveling south on Pleasant Valley Road ran a stop sign at the intersection with Md. 77, police have alleged.
Fields-Jordan's motorcycle, which had the right of way, struck the pickup truck on the passenger side. The truck struck a tree south of the intersection and the driver fled on foot, police said.