County police said Schwarzman’s blood contained traces of clonazepam, methadone and THC, a compound in marijuana, at the time of the crash. Schwarzman was also driving 44 mph in an area with a 25 mph speed limit, prosecutors said.
Gaddis believes the motorist and the county are equally responsible for the crash, she said.
“While the county does not generally comment on matters related to pending litigation, the death of Deborah Limmer and Delaney Gaddis was a tragedy and the county continues to offer its condolences to the Gaddis and Limmer families and their loved ones,” county spokesman Sean Naron said in a statement Tuesday.
The civil suit claims that Girdwood Road was designed with a sharp bend that sloped and generated excessive downhill speed. The road allegedly lacked a stop sign and funneled traffic at high speeds into the path of homes and pedestrians, the suit states.
The suit alleges that Baltimore County officials were aware of the problems and had received complaints from residents about the roadway.
In early January 2018, Baltimore County officials performed a speed study of Girdwood Road that showed 20% to 30% of traffic exceeded the 25 mph speed limit by more than 10 mph, with 120 vehicles traveling 15-20 mph above the speed limit, the complaint states.
Family members allege Schwarzman’s vehicle struck the median of the county-owned Girdwood Road, veering to the right and onto the public sidewalk where Limmer and her granddaughter were walking.
The lawsuit names Baltimore County government, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Baltimore County Bureau of Traffic Engineering & Transportation Planning.
Attorneys John Angelos and Edwin David Hoskins are representing Delaney’s parents, Jennifer and Brian Gaddis, as well as Limmer’s sons and daughter, Robert and Thomas Limmer and Joan Chojnacki, as plaintiffs in the suit. Denice Holin, a representative of Limmer’s estate, is also listed as a plaintiff.
“The thing [Gaddis] wants now is for Baltimore County to apologize so she can have some kind of closure in her life,” Angelos said.