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Caroline County Highway Worker Dies After Being Hit by Vehicle in St. Michaels

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ST. MICHAELS, Md.- A highway worker hit by a car Thursday afternoon in St. Michaels has died.

According to Maryland State Police, troopers were called to the scene of a pedestrian-involved accident in the area of Saint Michaels Road and Deepwater Point Road at approximately 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

The investigation revealed that James Kenefick Obrien, 84, of Saint Michaels was traveling eastbound on Saint Michaels Road when his vehicle struck 40-year-old John Kenneth Shahan of Denton, Md. Police said Shahan was controlling traffic movement around a work zone at the time he was struck. Shahan was flown by Trooper 6 to Baltimore Shock Trauma with serious injuries resulting from the accident. 

Police said Shahan died at the University of Maryland, Shock Trauma Thursday evening. His family has been notified.

Following Shahan's death, the Maryland State Highway Administration expressed its condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. According to SHA, Shahan was employed by David A. Bramble, Inc. of Chestertown.

“The men and women of SHA are deeply saddened by this tragedy. We offer our condolences to the Shahan family, their community and the employees of Bramble,” said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters.

Peters added that it is critical that motorists remember work zone safety is everyone's business, and that work zones require every driver to stay alert. At any given time, there may be hundreds of active work zones around the state, Peter noted. Nationally, more than 700 people are killed each year in work zone crashes – the majority of them drivers or passengers traveling the roadways.

According to SHA, over the past five years in Maryland, there have been more than 8,350 crashes which injured 4,060. Twenty-eight people were killed. SHA said Maryland has lost seven highway workers in the last 20 months in work zone crashes, while hundreds of workers, drivers and passengers have been seriously injured.

“Each one of us as drivers must slow down and drive attentively to keep our workers, as well as ourselves and other travelers, safe,” added Peters.

According to MSP, SHA assisted at the scene, and a crash reconstruction is being completed. Police said charges are pending per the investigation.



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