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.
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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.