MARYLAND

Erick Meekins, highway worker, killed in Maryland accident

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SCAGGSVILLE, Md. (AP/ABC7) - Howard County police are identifying a highway worker who was struck and killed while closing a lane of traffic.

Police say 40-year-old Erick Meekins of Baltimore, a state highway contractor, was closing a lane of westbound state Route 216 in the Scaggsville area on Tuesday night when he was hit.

Police say Meekins was wearing a reflective shirt and placing cones in the road when a Chevrolet Malibu struck him. Meekins was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say the driver of the car, a juvenile, remained on the scene. No charges have been issued.

Maryland State Highway Administration Administrator Melinda B. Peters released the following statement, in part, Wednesday:

"The men and women of SHA offer our deepest condolences to the Meekins family, friends and co-workers... We must continue to remind each and every driver to reduce speeds, drive attentively and keep our workers safe. Our contractors are an extension of our SHA team and we are truly saddened by this tragedy."

In 2011, three people were killed and 688 were injured in work zone-related crashes in Maryland. Nationally, over 1,000 people are killed each year in work zone-related crashes, the majority of them being motorists or passengers.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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