Man killed in Elk Neck crash

At least 16th traf­fic fatal­ity this year



— A man was killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash Tues­day night, ac­cord­ing to the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Michael Sean Dou­glas Sweeney, a 29-yearold Elk­ton-area res­i­dent. Sweeney was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the crash in the 3000 block of Old Elk Neck Road, south­west of Elk­ton, re­ported Capt. Stephen Brown­hill, a CCSO spokesman.

Dou­glas was driv­ing a 2009 Honda Civic in the north­bound lane of Old Elk Neck Road shortly af­ter 10 p.m., when his car veered across the cen­ter line and the south­bound lane be­fore leav­ing the road and crash­ing into a tree, ac­cord­ing to Brown­hill.

Emer­gency work­ers closed that por­tion of Old Elk Neck Road for more than two hours, while first re­spon­ders worked at the scene and a CCSO ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion team later con­ducted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

As of Thurs­day morn­ing,


the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fa­tal crash con­tin­ued, Brown­hill said, adding that CCSO Cpl. James Keller is the lead investigator.

Sweeney is at least the 16th traf­fic-re­lated death in the county this year. The scene of the fa­tal crash is also where nu­mer­ous oth­ers have oc­curred through the years, in­clud­ing two last year, and county of­fi­cials have sought to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

The Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion tested the road sur­face this past spring af­ter they re­ceived “com­plaints from res­i­dents in that area” about the sur­face on that por­tion of road, es­pe­cially af­ter it rains.

Then the roads divi­sion of the Ce­cil County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works com­pleted a “mi­cro-sur­fac­ing” project, where work­ers ap­plied a “coarse” ma­te­rial to about 1 mile of Old Elk Neck Road be­tween Jones Chapel Road and Jus­tice Way, to im­prove trac­tion.

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