Thursday January 10, 2008
Pedestrian struck and killed in Huntingtown
MARTY MADDEN - Calvert Independent Associate Editor
A Calvert County man was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling north on Route 2/4 in the Huntingtown area Jan. 2 around 6:15 a.m., the Maryland State Police (MSP) in Prince Frederick reported.
The victim was identified by the MSP as Ronnie Lee Holland, 54 of Huntingtown.
Investigators reported that Holland was attempting to cross Route 2/4 near the Gas Shop Convenience Store just north of the Ponds Wood Road intersection when he was struck by a northbound 2008 Pontiac sedan. The vehicle was traveling in the right lane and was approaching the area of the Gas Shop, police said.
When the driver realized he had struck something, the vehicle was brought to a controlled stop in the storeâ€™s parking lot. Authorities responding to the accident pronounced Holland dead at the scene.
â€śPersonnel from the MSP and Calvert County Sheriffâ€™s Office responded to investigate the crash, preserve the scene and assist with traffic control,â€ť a press release from the MSPâ€™s Prince Frederick Barrack stated. â€śNorthbound Route 2/4 was closed from 6:20 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. to facilitate the investigation. With the assistance of the State Highway Administration, northbound traffic was diverted either onto southbound Route 2/4 for approximately 1/3 of a mile or behind the Gas Shop Store to ease the traffic congestion caused by the temporary road closure.â€ť
â€śCalvert County has an average of 23 crashes involving pedestrians each year,â€ť stated Debbie K. Jennings, coordinator of the Calvert County Traffic Safety Council. According to Jennings, over the past three years, 96 percent of those accidents did not result in a fatality.
Police are asking any individual who may have witnessed the Jan. 2 accident to call the MSP Prince Frederick Barrack at 410-535-1400 or 301-855-1975.
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