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Emmitsburg man faces charges in pedestrian's death

June 18, 2009

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- An Emmitsburg man was charged this month in an April 28 crash that resulted in the death of Mount St. Mary's University senior Elizabeth DiNunzio, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

Joshua Wayne Cool, 29, who was driving a pickup truck that struck DiNunzio while she was running on Old Emmitsburg Road, was charged with negligent driving, failure to exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian collision, and knowingly driving an uninsured vehicle, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said in a news release.

Cool's parents, Joseph R. Cool, 52, and Ann V. Cool, 56, both of Emmitsburg, were the owners of the truck Cool was driving, Bailey said. They each were charged with knowingly permitting their uninsured vehicle to be driven, she said.

The crash occurred April 28 at about 3:15 p.m. in the 16500 block of Old Emmitsburg Road. Cool was driving north and did not see DiNunzio, who was running along the white line at the edge of the northbound lane, Bailey said.

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As Maryland law requires, DiNunzio was running against traffic, as near as possible to the edge of the road, she said.

The day after the crash, Frederick County Sheriff's Department Lt. Tom Winebrenner said Cool would not be charged, but Bailey said additional information was learned as the investigation unfolded that led the investigator to pursue charges.

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