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Posted at 3:37 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Woman gets traffic tickets in Md. deaths

By Associated Press

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says it has issued two traffic tickets to a woman who accidentally killed three fellow churchgoers with her car in Emmitsburg in August.

Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said Friday that 63-year-old Mary Camilleri, of Fayetteville, Pa., received citations for unsafe backing and negligent driving.

Bailey says Camilleri was trying to parallel park her Mercury Mountaineer SUV when she struck a group of people leaving St. Joseph's Catholic Church Aug. 12.

Killed were 89-year-old Marian Derosa of Emmitsburg, her daughter Patricia Mauro-Cillo and son-in-law John Cillo.

Bailey says the investigation is now closed.

By Associated Press  | February 18, 2011; 3:37 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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THREE deaths from "parallel parking"?! Two slap-on-the-wrist citations?!

Holy hell!! What the eff; was this crazy biddy parallel parking at >= 30 mph or something?!

This menace shouldn't be driving at all, much less a giant SUV. The "Camilleri" family needs to take away Nana's keys before she commits more carnage on our roadways.

(I had a neighbor back in Wheaton who nearly backed over me and my dog while "parking"; he was a rather hotheaded individual with a surplus of testosterone and a demonstrably lowish IQ. The dog actually disappeared under his vehicle briefly and almost went under his axle.)

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 18, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Ok...so accidents happen. I get that.

From this, I hope the family of the victims can find some sort of solace and comfort in their faith. I hope Granny Knievel is so distraught that she'll never jump behind the wheel again.

The state should have at least revoked her driving priviledges. Ticket? For killing 3 people? Really?

Posted by: Pat_E | February 18, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

3 people, wow, I'm pretty much speechless

Posted by: doesntmatter | February 18, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This actually happened really close to where I live and work.
It was one of those situations where an older driver, who obviously shouldn't have been driving, hit the gas instead of the brake.
Purely accidental but tragic.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 18, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Purely accidental but tragic."

Sure, BigDaddy651, but getting the pedals mixed up at the tender age of 63?!

I know plenty of 60- through 90-somethings who are very alert, spry, and -- last but not least -- don't have "senior moments" that prune away entire family treelets. Incidentally, none of my "senior" acquaintances drive large @$$-U-Vs like the Mountaineer, either.

In a just world, the maximum size of your vehicle would be directly proportionate to your coordination level, your proven ability to react/respond quickly and appropriately to all kinds of stimuli, and your overall clemency of temperament.

Hence, this panicky lead-footed granny should not be driving anything with more horsepower than a red-and-yellow Cozy Coupe(TM) or a Mattel Power Wheels(TM) car.

(Also, given the above, I should be tooling around town on a tricycle or a single rusty rollerskate.)

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 18, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

When I heard about this accident a few months ago, I wondered how it would be resolved. I'm sure she didn't mean to kill those people, but accident or not, she did kill three people. At a minimum, I was hoping her license would be revoked. I didn't think she would go to jail, but it's a travesty that she's still allowed to drive. I sure wouldn't want to be in any neighborhood where this lady is driving.

Posted by: CAmira5 | February 18, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much she has to pay in fines?

Posted by: CAmira5 | February 18, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

MD law focuses too much on jail and fines, and not enough on keeping dangerous drivers off the roads.

On Wednesday, there will be a hearing before the MD judiciary committee for tougher negligent homicide laws, and longer mandatory license suspensions for people who commit negligent homicide while driving. Call your state rep.

Posted by: sjelliott | February 21, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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