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Conditions of two injured in separate incidents upgraded

July 09, 2012

The medical conditions of two people who were injured last month in separate incidents — one in a car accident, the other shot by police — have been upgraded.

James Jardina, 46, of Myersville, Md., was shot June 10 when he allegedly pulled a gun on a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Maryland Department of Natural Resources police officer at the park-and-ride lot off Mapleville Road near Boonsboro.

The officers fired 33 shots at Jardina from .223-caliber rifles, striking him four or five times in the torso and hip areas, The Herald-Mail has reported.

Authorities said they believed Jardina was attempting to commit suicide when he pointed the gun at the officers.

The condition of Cheron Nicole Leighton, 34, of Baltimore, also was upgraded from critical to serious, the Shock Trauma spokeswoman said.

Leighton was injured at about 1:30 p.m. Friday in a crash in which she was ejected from a Honda Civic on U.S. 40 near the entrance to Greenbrier State Park.

She was flown from the scene to the shock trauma center by a Maryland State Police helicopter.

A passenger in the Honda, Tiara Shaniece Elliott, 23, also was thrown from the vehicle. She died the day of the accident at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown.

Troy Robertson, 31, of Baltimore, another passenger in the Honda, was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Meritus Medical Center does not provide patient conditions to the media.

Maryland State Police said Leighton was making a U-turn on U.S. 40 when she crossed into the path of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe that was being driven east by Hagerstown resident Carroll Augustus Coleman Jr.

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