Crash survivor sues son of other driver who was killed


A survivor of a head-on collision is suing Dean L. Minnich, a local columnist and cable television news editor, as the personal representative for the estate of his mother, who was killed in the 1996 crash near Manchester.

The civil lawsuit was filed last week in Carroll County Circuit Court by Michael Joseph Endlich of the 3800 block of Robin Hood Way, Sykesville.

Endlich alleges that Doris Minnich, 75, recklessly and negligently drove her Chrysler New Yorker across the center line of Route 30 near Cape Horn Road on Oct. 8, 1996, causing his injuries and her death.

Endlich stated in the suit that he required extensive medical treatment for his injuries and was prevented from working. He is seeking $150,000 in damages.

Dean Minnich, who works for Prestige Cable 3, said yesterday that he had not seen the lawsuit.

Minnich declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying lawyers for his mother's automobile insurance company are handling the matter.

State police who investigated the crash said Doris Minnich was pronounced dead at the scene. They were unable to determine why the Chrysler crossed the center line.

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