Fatal Accident Involving Pedestrian in Hagerstown

By BRITTANY MARSHALL | bmarshall@whag.com

Published 07/31 2014 04:29AM

Updated 07/31 2014 02:21PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Maryland State Police have confirmed a man was struck and killed by a car early Thursday morning.

The incident happened just before 12:30 a.m. on Rt. 40 westbound, near the McDonald’s on Garland Groh Boulevard.

Troopers said the man, identified as Robert Owen, 32, of Hagerstown, Md., was struck by a Pontiac G6 driven by Zachery Swope, 23, of Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania.

State police said Owen was crossing the intersection on his way home from working his shift at McDonald's when he was struck.  

Owen was airlifted by MSP's Trooper 3 Helicopter to Meritus Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. MSP said that intersection on Rt. 40 can be dangerous because there are no clear pedestrian crosswalks. 

"The Pontiac G6 was traveling westbound on Rt. 40 and swerved to avoid the pedestrian, but the witness statements say the pedestrian attempting to get out of the way jumped back into the way of the vehicle and was struck," said Lt. Michael Fluharty with Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barracks. 

Officials said the section of Rt.40 was shut down for about three hours Thursday morning. 

McDonald's has issued a statement saying they're shocked and saddened by the loss of their employee and although he only worked with them for a few weeks, they said he was a part of their employee family.

The accident remains under investigation.

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