Widow sues truck driver over husband's death


The widow of a Glen Burnie man filed suit suit yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court alleging that her husband's death was caused by a truck driver's negligence.

Roland C. Jenkins, 67, of the 6600 block of Whitmore Court was killed about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 20, 1991, when a tractor-trailer hit him as he crossed the southbound lanes of Ritchie Highway near its intersection with Orchard Road.

In the suit, Mr. Jenkins' widow, Frances Jenkins, alleges that William G. Eldrith Sr., the truck driver, was negligent. The one-page suit also says Mrs. Jenkins "has suffered the loss of the love, services, guidance and affection" of her husband.

The suit seeks $2 million for wrongful death and $2 million based on a negligence claim. Mr. Eldrith and Johnson Controls Inc., his employer at the time of the accident, are named as defendants.

Mr. Eldrith, who lives in Elkton, had no phone listing in Cecil County and was unavailable yesterday. A spokesman for Johnson Controls declined to comment.

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