UPDATE: State Highway Worker in Critical Condition After Being Struck on Ridge Road
A Maryland State Highway Administration employee is in serious condition after begin struck by a vehicle while conducting road work in the southbound lane of Ridge Road near the intersection with Hoffman Drive in Damascus last night.
The incident occurred about 6:35 pm when the adult male worker was hit be a vehicle travelling in the southbound lane of Ridge Road, which is Maryland State Route 27, according to Montgomery County Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks..
Late this afternoon Montgomery County Police released a statement saying the preliminary investigation revealed that a State Highway work crew was unloading a disabled highway truck on the northbound shoulder of Ridge Road. A State Highway employee walked to the southbound shoulder of Ridge Road when, for reasons that remain under investigation, he was struck by a blue, 2013 Toyota RAV4 which was traveling southbound on Ridge Road.
The State Highway Administration employee has Henry Lewis Johnson, age 61, Frederick. He was transported to an area hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.
The driver of the Toyota was identified as David Ray Kepley, age 56, of the 11800 block of Skylark Road in Clarksburg. Starks said that the Kepley remained at the scene and provided information to police as they conducted an investigation. The road was not icy, and alcohol is not a factor in the investigation, according to police.
The incident and subsequent investigation closed Ridge Road between Kings Valley Road and Hawkes Road for five hours as the MCPD Collision Reconstruction Unit worked to determine the cause of the collision. Traffic was rerouted to using Hawkes Road, Stringtown Road, and Kings Valley Road to avoid the investigation.
The road was reopened to traffic after 11:30 pm on Tuesday evening.
Police are urging anyone with information regarding this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.
Caption: MCPD closed Ridge Road/Rt. 27 north at Kings Valley Road, to the north and Hawkes Road to the south.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.