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Grand jury indicts driver in fatal Fairgrounds Park crash

December 04, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The man accused of driving a car that crashed last month at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown, claiming the life of a passenger, has been charged in indictments with seven counts related to the accident, according to documents filed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

David M. Riggleman, 54, of 907 Hamilton Blvd., was indicted by a Washington County grand jury on felony charges of manslaughter by vehicle, negligent homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs or controlled dangerous substance.

He also was indicted on misdemeanor offenses of driving or attempting to drive a vehicle while under the influence, driving or attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving and negligent driving.

The felony charges carry a combined maximum of 18 years in prison and $15,000 in fines, Hagerstown Police Lt. Mike King said.

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Riggleman's initial appearance is set for Jan. 5 in Washington County Circuit Court.

"He's been cooperative throughout the investigation," King said, noting that police expected Riggleman to turn himself in Friday evening.

Glenda Kay Clements, 54, also of 907 Hamilton Blvd., was found dead Nov. 15 in an overturned Mitsubishi Eclipse, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Rebecca Fetchu said last month.

Police said they believe Riggleman was driving the car on Cleveland Avenue when it went through the intersection with Security Road at a high rate of speed.

Fetchu said the car apparently hit a curb inside the park, went airborne and hit the outfield fence of a softball field, where it came to rest.

The accident is believed to have occurred at about 2 a.m., Fetchu said, but the vehicle wasn't found until about 6:30 a.m.

Fetchu said the driver fled the scene.

Police identified Riggleman shortly after the accident as the driver of the car.

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