SUV Kills Two State Highway Workers

By Peter DePaolis

An SUV struck and killed two Maryland highway workers who were picking up trash on the State Route 225 median in Charles County, about six miles west of Waldorf. A police spokesperson said three workers were on the median when a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg veered from the highway and struck two of the men. The two victims died at the scene. The third worker was not injured.

The victims are a 28-year-old male and a 24-year-old male, both of Silver Spring, Maryland. Both men were contract employees and were wearing fluorescent green highway safety vests at the time of the car accident. The Volkswagen driver was a 24-year-old man from Hyattsville, Maryland. Investigators said the driver fell asleep at the wheel, and he did not appear to suffer any external injuries. Rescue workers took the driver to Fort Washington Hospital because he appeared shaken. Doctors examined and released him.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) issued a statement expressing condolences to the victim’s families and co-workers. The SHA urged drivers to stay alert for construction, maintenance and emergency operations on the state’s highways.

Car and pedestrian accidents can have devastating consequences. Contact a Maryland personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one suffers injuries in an automobile accident. Justin Beall is a Maryland personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis and he is prepared to help you.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.