Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Harford County Executive Candidate dies in Bel Air Accident

Churchville businessman and candidate for Harford County executive, Stephen M. Wright, died in a car accident on Thursday, May 20, 2010, just before 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Wright was operating his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Wheel Road, when his vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole.

A spokesperson for the police advised that witnesses who checked on him immediately following the accident believe he was experiencing medical issues, which may have been the cause of the accident.. The police do not believe speed or alcohol contributed to the accident.  Instead, the report indicated that Mr. Wright may have experienced a medical emergency.

Paramedics from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company transported Mr. Wright  to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at the hospital around 8 p.m.

Mr. Wright was a longtime member of the Harford County Republican Central Committee and a conservative with ties to the Tea Party movement and was the first candidate to file in this year's county executive race.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Krista and their three daughters, Meagan, McKenzie and Katie.

If it is determined that a medical emergency was the cause of this accident, Mr. Wright's family may be entitled to certain death benefits also referred to as survivor benefits, which could include accidental death benefits, continuation of lost earnings, periodic "pension" payments and replacement services payments.  In some states, reasonable funeral expenses are protected benefits and have to be paid even when the insurance policy's other benefits , such as medical expenses  have been paid to the policy limits.

In the unfortunate event that Mr. Wright had collided with another vehicle and it was determined that he was experiencing a medical emergency, the other party would be barred from making a claim against his insurance company for their injuries, based on the sudden emergency defense.

If you, a family member or someone you know has been involved in an accident involving an emergency situation or you need more information on this type of motor vehicle accident, please contact Portner & Shure and speak with one of our experienced Maryland accident lawyers for a free consultation. 

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