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Baltimore Judge to Decide Case on 14-Yr-Old Girl Killed in Electrical Accident

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Four years after a 14-year-old girl was electrocuted at Druid Hill Park while playing softball, a Baltimore judge will decide Friday whether to dismiss a civil case against an electrical firm the city hired for nearby repair work.

Del Electric worked near Druid Hill Park’s lower bowl softball fields at least six times in the three years before Deanna Green’s death, including two months before the accident, according to court papers. Deanna’s parents, Anthony and Nancy Green, sued Del Electric for damages.

But attorneys for the city contractor said the company cannot be held liable for the girl’s death.

Deanna, the Greens’ youngest child, was playing in a church league softball game in May 2006 when she braced one foot against a steel fence — which authorities said was touching an underground cable — and grabbed another fence, completing an electrical circuit. She was killed instantly.

The Greens initially filed lawsuits against the city, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Del Electric, seeking damages and an explanation of how the incident occurred. Earlier this year, a judge dismissed the city and BGE from the lawsuit, leaving Del as the sole defendant.

Initially, the family just wanted to know what went wrong, but requests for an explanation by city officials were ignored, Anthony Green said. Green said he hoped the lawsuit would provide answers as to who was responsible for the accident.

“The sad part about it is, people have thought that we have settled or that the case was over. And people want answers,” said Anthony Green, a former defensive player for the Baltimore Colts. “Why would you not want to answer it, come clean and say what happened? We’re not going away. It’s going to come out.”

Andrew J. Toland III, an attorney representing the Greens, said documents he received from Del Electric after the company lost its initial motion for dismissal earlier this year showed that “about two months before her death, they dug 300 feet of new lines to the light post that was 60 feet from where she died.”

Attorney Thomas V. McCarron has asked that liability counts against Del Electric be dismissed, contending in court papers that the company had no involvement with the underground cable and fence, which were laid when the field was built in the early 1960s. Del Electric said it had no prior knowledge of the existence of the underground cable.

Story Via The Baltimore Sun

  1. jimschuster
    May 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Just updated 5/14/2010

    A judge ruled they can sue Del Electric, a city contractor, for negligence and wrongful death.

    Green died when she touched a section of fencing that made contact with an underground wire, sending electricity surging through her body.

    Green’s family has been fighting for accountability since the day she died almost four years ago.

    Documents reveal Del had done work in the area in the months before Green’s death.

    Over the years, the fence settled, and came into contact with a live underground wire.

    It’s been especially hard for Green’s mom, who was standing next to her daughter, while she was stretching, the moment she was electrocuted. “We wanted to know what happened, for it not to happen again to any more children,” said Green.Courts already threw out lawsuits the family filed against the city and BGE.

    “Dell Electric was brought in decades after the fence was installed and the wire at issue was installed. None of their work could have ever foretold the existence of this condition,” said Thomas McCarron, Del Electronic attorney.

    While Del plans to fight vigorously in court and the judge did throw out several claims against them, the Green family says documents they obtained from the company could enable them to re-instate their case against the city.

    Green’s dad, a former Baltimore Colt, plans to fight to get city documents he says may detail electrical problems at the site.

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