Robin Poffenberger was driving a van full of seniors to a softball tournament in Olney, Maryland, on May 21, 2008, when tragedy occurred. Poffenberger was driving on Md. Highway 66 and turning east onto I-77 when he drove in front of an oncoming 18-wheeler truck. The truck t-boned the van, killing 72-year-old Clifford Rice and injuring six other members of the Road Runner senior softball team.
According to Maryland State Police, the tractor-trailer’s grill was embedded in the side of the van when emergency workers arrived.
Ruth Rice is now suing for $4 million — $2 million for loss of income, medical expenses, her husband’s pain and suffering, and funeral expenses; and a $2 million wrongful death settlement covering pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and mental anguish. The case will be heard by a jury in the Washington County Circuit Court.
Two other injured passengers, Jack Finniff and Gardner Stewart, are also filing multi-million-dollar van accident lawsuit that claims the van driver’s negligence caused their severe injuries. Both men’s injuries were serious enough that they were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the van accident.
The two men are seeking compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, mental and emotional anguish, injured marital relationships, and loss of society.