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Hagerstown woman charged with hit and run

November 12, 2011
  • A Hagerstown woman struck a house with her car in Funkstown Friday morning, then drove away.
By Alicia Notarianni

A Hagerstown woman who allegedly struck a house with her car in Funkstown Friday morning, then drove away, has been charged with hit and run and other counts, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release.

Elizabeth Anne Gardner, 29, of 217 Willard St., also was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision and failure to display a driver's license, the release said.

Deputies said they received a call Friday at 5:17 a.m. for a report of a car that drove away after it struck the porch of a house at 12 Frederick Road in Funkstown.

A witness told authorities that a gray Dodge Neon drove east on Frederick Road (Alternate U.S. 40), swerved to the right, went off the road and ran over a stop sign before striking the porch, the release said. The driver then backed up the car and continued east on Frederick Road, the release said.

Deputies said they found the driver and vehicle at 19630 Shepherdstown Pike after she called to report that she struck a tree. Gardner was identified as the driver and charged.

The release said Gardner refused treatment for minor injuries. A 2-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but was uninjured, deputies said.

Gardner was cited and released, the release said.

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