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Frederick driver fined in death of jogger

A driver who fatally struck a jogger running in the road near Emmitsburg has been fined $500 under a plea agreement.

Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Cool pleaded guilty Monday in Frederick to failing to exercise care to avoid a pedestrian. In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of negligent driving and other offenses.

Cool was charged in the death last April of 22-year-old Elizabeth DiNunzio, of Zelienople (zee-lee-ah-NOH'-pull), Pa. She was a Spanish major at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg.

Defense attorney Kate English says her client was devastated by the accident.

Cool's parents were fined $200 each earlier this month for letting their son drive the uninsured pickup truck that hit DiNunzio.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  March 30, 2010; 9:39 AM ET
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The guy who threw a Chihuahua off the bridge might get a harsher sentence than the man who killed a jogger. That's truly insane.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 30, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

This man and his family destroyed another family and he only gets fined $500? That's it?

You get a higher fine for eating on the Metro system.

Posted by: hereandnow1 | March 30, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

They'll explain how to pronounce Zelienople, but not why someone from there was in the road in the first place?

Posted by: corrections | March 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Fined? that's all? -doesn't seem right...

Posted by: Hattrik | March 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

They'll explain how to pronounce Zelienople, but not why someone from there was in the road in the first place?

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She went to college there. It is stated in the article. The campus is on both sides of Route 15. Thus, you might have to cross Route 15 or travel along Route 15 to get from one part of the campus to another. But why she was in the road is not relevant. A driver *MUST* take action to avoid a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian, even if the other vehicle or pedestrian is not legally using the road. However, in this case, I don't see anything illegal about using Route 15 as a pedestrian...the only roads with those restrictions are interstate highways and other freeways. Route 15 has at-grade intersections, and is therefore a conventional road, not a freeway.

Posted by: thetan | March 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't know where from the article you got the idea she was jogging on Rt 15. She wasn't. She was jogging on a narrow two-lane country road that somewhat parallels Rt 15. I believe MSM has jogging trails around their campus. She was partly to blame (for choosing where she jogged) but 90% of the blame rightfully belongs on the driver.

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 30, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Don't know why I assumed it was on Route 15. I might have confused this with another accident.

Regardless, the driver still should have shared the road, and should have been driving at a slow enough speed to stay within the lines and avoid an accident (not saying 20 MPH, but certainly should not be going 60 on a country two lane road). The only way I'd give the driver a pass is if it was late a night and the jogger did not have reflective clothing on.

Posted by: thetan | March 30, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

A better article said she was in the shoulder. Figures though... that's a lane in Maryland.

Posted by: fireball72 | March 30, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

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