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Update: Surgeries needed for carwash crash victim

September 06, 2012
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EDGEWATER, MD — Kevin Mellett, the man who was pinned by a car while at the Maritime Autowash here a few weeks back, has since had several surgeries and will have a long road to recovery, according to an Edgewater-DavidsonvillePatch story.

The Sept. 5 story said Mellett is still a patient at the shock trauma unit at the hospital.

Mellett's attorney released the following statement on behalf of him and his wife:

"On behalf of the Melletts, we sincerely thank you and your readers for their expressions of concern. ...His injuries were life-threatening, but thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Shock Trauma, after numerous and extensive surgeries, he is stable and progressing. The road to recovery will be very difficult, but Kevin is fortunate to have a very loving and supportive family."

Back on Aug. 21, PC&D reported Mellett was hit by a car and soonafter flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after suffering from serious and life-threatening injuries. The vehicle also crashed into the carwash building. Now, Maritime is suing to be able to inspect the SUV involved in the crash, an Edgewater-DavidsonvillePatch story said.

The Sept. 4 story said the SUV was being driven by a Maritime employee, Amare Asiradew. The vehicle, a GMC Acadia, is registered to Dianna and Jack Childress and apparently Dianna was able to drive the SUV home after the accident and did not allow for it to be inspected.

Attorney Imoh E. Akpan filed a motion on Aug. 29 in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to inspect the vehicle and "perpetuate other evidence in anticipation of litigation." The motion was granted and Childress has five days to respond.

Upon further investigation of the crash, it was found that Mellett, 45, was apparently pinned between an aluminum support bar and the SUV. An eyewitness told the Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, "I was sitting there alongside the window, and it sounded like a bomb went off. It threw glass back at least 15 feet across the room."

It is unclear if this is a "sudden unintended acceleration" (SUA) case in which a vehicle, often reported to be a JEEP or Toyota, accelerated out of control while at a carwash. PC&D has covered the subject with magazine articles, a survey and even a special newsletter.