Timonium Woman Sentenced For Striking, Killing Woman, Young Child

Monday, December 2, 2019
Tyler Waldman and Kimi Robinette, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
  • Callie Schwarzman Credit: Baltimore County Police Department

A Timonium woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for striking and killing a 5-year-old and her grandmother.

Callie Schwarzman, 23, pleaded guilty in September to two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the July 2018 crash that killed 5-year-old Delaney Gaddis and 60-year-old Deborah Limmer. At the time, Limmer was pushing Delaney in a stroller on the sidewalk.

The sentence imposed by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Nancy Purpura was the one recommended by prosecutors.

“I take full responsibility for my actions. It is a heavy weight knowing I took those two lives," Schwarzman said in the sentencing hearing.

Purpura called it "a terribly tragic case."

Police said Schwarzman approached a curve while driving 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. She then hit and crossed the median before driving off the road, police said.

Gaddis was taken to Sinai Hospital and Limmer to Shock Trauma. They both later died, according to court documents.

Jennifer Gaddis, Delaney's mother, said she hopes the sentencing sends a message to drivers, reminding them to be mindful behind the wheel.

"There are other people on the road, there are children on the sidewalk," Gaddis said. "Just think about other people, too."

The surveillance video of the accident showed Schwarzman running to the two victims. A police officer also said her SUV had three bad tires, and the power steering reservoir was nearly empty. Court documents show, Schwarzman told police she knew she shouldn't have driven as the power steering was out and was taking it to the shop to get fixed.

Although her blood alcohol level registered as zero, police said traces of a sedative, methadone and marijuana were found in Schwarzman's system, according to police.

Schwarzman told police she was going through withdrawal and was headed to a methadone clinic for treatment.

In several police body camera videos, Schwarzman is seen crying, sometimes uncontrollably, asking about the girl. She questioned police and paramedics and her mother, who arrived at the scene later. She was taken to a hospital to get blood drawn to detect alcohol or drug use. An officer informed her the victims had died.

"No, both of them?" Schwarzman responded. "Oh, my God. Am I going to jail? I am completely sober. It's an honest accident. Give me a minute. Am I going to jail?"

A search of Schwarzman's car led police to find empty wine bottles and heroin paraphernalia. Schwarzman was on probation for a 2017 drunken driving offense at the time of the crash. However, despite the discovery of the empty wine bottles, Schwarzman had no alcohol in her blood at the time of the 2018 crash.

"We believe that the sentence has served a dual purpose of punishing the defendant but then also trying to, frankly, fix some of the problems that she has," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said.

WBAL-TV 11 contributed to this report.