Family Wants Lawmakers To Pass A Bill Protecting People From Stray Voltage
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The family of a Baltimore County teenager electrocuted in a city park is pushing lawmakers to prevent it from happening again.
Weijia Jiang has more on the huge rally to help them fight.
Deanna Green would have turned 20 this week, but her life was cut short at 14 when she was electrocuted by stray voltage.
“We don’t want this to happen again. We don’t want anyone to feel how we feel, to go through what we have and what we’ll go through until we’re six feet under,” said Nancy Green, Deanna’s mother.
On Tuesday, Green’s parents, Nancy and Bubba—a former Baltimore Colt—led a rally at the state capital to push lawmakers to pass a bill named after their daughter.
In 2008, Deanna died after touching a metal fence at Druid Hill Park. It was on top of an exposed wire underground; 227 volts jolted through her.
The law would require utility companies to check wires underground anywhere the current flows, like near sidewalks, street lights and manhole covers.
“In order to find the problem that killed our daughter, surveying needs to be done and we feel this is the way to find it and repair it,” said Bubba Green.
The Greens are not only fighting here in Annapolis, they’re traveling across the country because they say what happened to Deanna could happen anywhere.
“It’s still unreal and unbelievable that could just happen,” said Noah Pielow.
Noah Pielow , along with dozens of others, traveled from New York City and Washington D.C. to support the bill.
“Our concern is this is a silent killer,” said CORE Executive Director George Holmes.
One the Greens hope never claims another life.
“I could not…I could not sleep if I were doing nothing,” Nancy Green said.
Right now, subcommittees in both the House and Senate are considering the bill. They could vote sometime this week.
The Greens have also filed a lawsuit against the city of Baltimore. A judge has not made a ruling yet.