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Two pedestrians killed, one injured in accident in Emmitsburg

August 09, 2010

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Two people were killed Sunday morning when a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer driven by a Fayetteville, Pa., woman rapidly accelerated in reverse and struck three pedestrians while the woman was attempting to parallel park along North Seton Avenue, police said.

The incident at 121 N. Seton Ave. occurred as a group of people gathered along the street after a church service, according to The Associated Press.

Patricia Mauro-Cillo, 64, and John Cillo, 53, both of Emmitsburg, were killed, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

A third pedestrian, Marian Derosa, 89, of Emmitsburg, was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, said police, who responded about 11:20 a.m.

Police said Mary G. Camilleri, 63, was traveling north on North Seton Avenue when she attempted to parallel park along the north shoulder of the road.

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For unknown reasons, Camilleri's vehicle rapidly accelerated in reverse, striking a parked 2003 Ford Explorer and pushing the Explorer onto the sidewalk, police said.

Camilleri's vehicle continued in reverse, striking the pedestrians and hitting a Saturn that was parked along the street, police said. The pedestrians were attempting to cross the street, police said.

Seton Avenue was closed for about four hours while police investigated, and all three vehicles were towed to the sheriff's office for evidence collection, police said.

Mauro-Cillo, Cillo and Marian Derosa were family members, police said.

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