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Widow sues over firefighter's death in crash HARFORD COUNTY


A Pylesville woman whose husband died from injuries while aboard a volunteer fire engine filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Circuit Court against the volunteer company and the drivers of the fire engine and vehicle that collided with it.

Court papers show the plaintiffs, Leslie Mae Hicks and her two daughters, are seeking $3.2 million in the wrongful death complaint.

The family alleges negligence on the part of the defendants, Citizens Volunteer Fire Company of Fawn Grove, Pa.; Cletus Norman Heaps of Pylesville, the fire truck's driver; and David Edward Brode Jr. of Fallston, the driver of the car.

Police records show the accident occurred about 9 p.m. Dec. 16, 1990, at Routes 24 and 136 between Pylesville and Fawn Grove.

The plaintiff's husband, Thomas Hicks, 44, was riding on the back of the fire truck during an emergency response.

Police reported the fire engine was eastbound on Route 136 when the truck's driver apparently did not slow down at a stop sign at Route 24.

The fire engine, which had its lights and siren on, entered the intersection and struck a Camaro traveling south on Route 24, police said.

Police said the fire engine rode onto the car's hood, then flipped over on the passenger side, pinning Mr. Hicks.

He died about two hours later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

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