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Nine months after a crash injured Wendy Liller of Fairplay and four months after she died, a Boonsboro woman has been indicted on charges she fatally injured Liller by hitting and dragging her moped.
Julia Lynn Smoot, 20, was indicted by a Washington County grand jury on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter and other offenses for the May 1, 2018, crash that injured the 50-year-old Liller.
Liller died in October. The grand jury indictment was handed up last week.
A visibly shaken Smoot appeared before Circuit Judge Brett R. Wilson on Tuesday. He set bond for her at $20,000, which she could meet by posting 10 percent of that figure.
“This has been hanging over her head since May 1,” attorney Eric Andrews told Wilson. Andrews told the judge his client initially believed she struck a deer on Lappans Road (Md. 68), not Liller’s moped.
Andrews said Smoot had no prior record.
Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes told Wilson that Maryland State Police interviewed her a short time after the crash and indicated alcohol was not involved. Smoot’s cellphone records showed she was not using the phone when the crash occurred, Andrews said.
However, Debes said the state disputed Smoot’s contention that she thought she struck a deer. Smoot’s Honda Civic dragged the moped several hundred feet before the moped caught fire. Liller was on the windshield or hood of the vehicle for “a couple of hundred feet” before falling to the side of the road, Debes said.
Debes told the judge that Smoot initially told her mother someone struck her car.
Maryland State Police said Liller was struck from behind on the night of May 1 while she was riding a moped in the eastbound lane of Lappans Road.
Emergency responders found her on the eastbound side of the roadway.
A state police helicopter flew Liller to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She was later transferred to MedStar Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, where she died.
After her daughter’s death, Judith Liller told Herald-Mail Media that Wendy Liller was partially paralyzed by the crash.
“She had a tube in her stomach,” Judith Liller said. “She could move her arms a little. She couldn’t feed herself, but her mind was all right.”
Smoot’s mother called 911 on the night of the crash and reported that her daughter struck something on Lappans Road near Downsville Pike.
Troopers drove to the address and found a Honda Civic with extensive damage to the hood, front bumper and windshield.
The most serious charge Smoot faced carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.