Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Carwash sues following SUV crash

September 4, 2012

EDGEWATER, MD — Back on Aug. 21, PC&D reported that Kevin 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.