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Carwash Files Lawsuit to Inspect SUV That Hit Customer

Maritime Autowash filed a lawsuit in county Circuit Court to inspect the vehicle that one of its employees crashed through a window in August critically injuring a 45-year-old man.

UPDATE: (3:21 p.m.)— officials have filed a motion to inspect an SUV that crashed through its window, critically injuring one of its customers.

Kevin Mellett, 45, of Odenton on Aug. 18 after a black GMC Acadia crashed through Maritime's window, pinning him between an aluminum support bar and the car, said an eye witness.

"I was sitting there alongside the window, and it sounded like a bomb went off," the eyewitness told Patch on Aug. 18. "It threw glass back at least 15 feet across the room."

Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rivers told Patch that Mellett is still listed in critical condition at the hospital more than two weeks after the accident. Rivers was unable to give additional details due to patient confidentiality laws.

The SUV was driven by Maritime employee Amare Asiradew, 24, but court documents show the Acadia belongs to Dianna and Jack Childress, of Annapolis. The car wash states in its petition that Dianna Childress drove the vehicle home after the accident, and she refused to let employees inspect the vehicle.

Baltimore-based attorney Imoh E. Akpan filed a motion on behalf of the car wash in Anne Arundel Circuit Court on Aug. 29 to "request to enter upon land and inspect vehicle and perpetuate other evidence in anticipation of litigation."

On Friday, Judge Alison Asti granted the motion, giving the Childresses five days to respond.

Patch is awaiting confirmation that Mellett is still recovering at Shock Trauma.

EdgewateRyan September 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The carwash is obviously going to get sued and someone is going to be writing out a huge check to the victim in this case. (And rightfully so.) The carwash is just being prudent in wanting to have the accident vehicle inspected. (And the carwash employees won't inspect the car; it will be done by a mechanic who could potentially be called as an expert witness.) If I were their lawyer, I'd be doing the same thing and I'm not surprised the judge was willing to issue an order compelling it. Although it's a long shot, they'll try to get GM -- and potentially the car's owners -- to kick in to the settlement if they can make any reasonable argument that the design/construction/condition of the car contributed to this accident. You gotta admit (assuming this fact is true) it seems suspicious to me that, following a near-fatal accident, the car's owners were insistent on immediately driving the damaged car home and refusing to let anyone look at it.
Sue Crandall September 06, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well, it's like they always say...the best defense is a good offense. The vehicle owners had no expectation other than getting their car washed, and it's curious that the judge is allowing the at fault carrier to do anything at this time. At this point, the vehicle is damaged, and a proper mechanical inspection by a reputable engineering firm will cost big bucks. What exactly will that reveal about the operation of the vehicle that day? Not a darn thing. I don't blame the vehicle owner for leaving, I'll bet she was furious. What exactly would the car wash management learn by looking at her car? That it was damaged? I guess the insurance company's house counsel figures it's better to turn the attention away from who was actually operating the vehicle...that may be a big can of worms for sure! It's sort of like blaming a handgun for a murder. Anyway, I think I'll pop some corn and get comfortable. This event should be entertaining,that's for sure.
Sue Crandall September 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
nope, its not suspicious at all. I assume that the owner was white hot mad, probably not at all happy that her car was damaged, when all she wanted was a carwash. I dunno, I'd certainly flee the place before anything else bad happened, and I know I'd be on the phone to my lawyer for sure! Again, why look to the gun before interviewing the person wielding it? Down the road, in discovery, I can see a request like that. I don't believe the investighation is anywhere near complete, that the atorney has to start blaming the car. Or, does he know something? Somethjing is fishy here...do the employees all have drivers licenses? What is the criteria for working there? Is a driving test administered? Who makes the determination the employees are fit to operate a motor vehicle? Does the management hire MVA inspectors to determine this? Following that logic, the government is always trying to take guns from law abiding citizens...what's next... cars?
Siobhan January 30, 2013 at 02:31 AM
The last sentence of your comment is offensive to me. Nothing about this "event" is entertaining... at least not to me. Kevin is my brother.
William J Hurley January 30, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Sue, Your legal ineptitude, engineering ignorance, and abscence of any analytical capabilities is staggering. I hope for your sake you are not attempting to use any skills in those areas to provide for yourself. Lastly, your attempt at wry humor with the netertainment comment s at the least insulting, at best it is reflective of a juvenile personality. Leave the comments to the adults and mentally competent, your silence will reward you! Kevin's Uncle Bill Hurley!

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