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Hagerstown woman killed in accident

November 15, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

A Hagerstown woman was found dead Sunday morning at Fairgrounds Park after the car in which she was riding crashed into a softball field, Hagerstown Police said.

Glenda Kay Clements, 54, of 907 Hamilton Boulevard in Hagerstown's North End, was the passenger who was found dead in the car, Sgt. Rebecca Fetchu said. Clements was wearing her seat belt, police said.

Police believe the accident happened around 2 a.m. because a witness who was standing at Cleveland Avenue and Jefferson Street heard a loud noise around that time, but the overturned car wasn't discovered and reported to police until around 6:30 a.m., Fetchu said.

The driver had fled, Fetchu said. Police believe they have found the driver. No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.

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Fetchu said it appears the green Mitsubishi Eclipse was being driven on Cleveland Avenue and went through the intersection with Security Road at a high rate of speed.

When the car hit curbing inside the park, it apparently went airborne and hit the outfield fence, landing overturned, Fetchu said.

Visible damage at the park included directional signs knocked down on a green signpost, fencing torn off its poles and some damage to at least one small tree. The curbing, where the car hit, surrounds a landscaped area that includes the signpost, a large rock and a large bush.

The park entrance gate appears to have been open at the time of the accident, Fetchu said.

Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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