2 are killed, 1 is injured in crash outside Frederick County church
Monday, August 9, 2010
One Mass had just ended Sunday at a Catholic church in Maryland. People were walking away. Suddenly, a car driven by a woman arriving for the next service struck three of those who were leaving.
A few minutes after 11 on a warm summer morning, shouts and screams broke out in front of St. Joseph's Church in the Frederick County town of Emmitsburg.
Two of those who had just attended Mass were killed. A third, an 89-year-old woman, was injured.
"The whole incident must have transpired in 10 seconds," said the Rev. Vincent O'Malley, pastor of the church. "And lives are changed forever."
O'Malley, who was outside the church in his clerical vestments after the 10:15 a.m. Mass, saw the incident.
About 200 people had attended the service, he said, and after it was over, many were milling about, talking and greeting one another.
The three victims, a husband and wife, and the wife's mother, were crossing the street, leaving the church. A woman who volunteers as a greeter was arriving in her sport-utility vehicle for the noon service.
"They were all members of the church," O'Malley said. They "all regularly attended."
The pedestrians who were killed were identified Sunday by the county sheriff's office as Patricia Mauro-Cillo, 64, and John Cillo, 53, both of Emmitsburg. O'Malley said they were husband and wife.
The third pedestrian was identified as Marian Derosa, 89, also of Emmitsburg. The driver was identified by the sheriff's office as Mary G. Camilleri, 63, of Fayetteville, Pa.
As Camilleri tried to park, her car "rapidly accelerated in reverse," the sheriff's office said. According to the sheriff's office, it struck the car behind her and continued backward, striking the pedestrians.
Mauro-Cillo died at the scene. Her husband died at or on the way to a hospital. Her mother was taken to a hospital. O'Malley said he understood that Derosa was in stable condition.