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Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

To yet another tragic loss of life on county roads this year — and at a fa­mil­iar lo­ca­tion. Michael Sean Dou­glas Sweeney, 29, of Elk­ton, was killed in a crash in the 3000 block of Old Elk Neck Road, south­west of Elk­ton, on Tues­day night. It 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. We’re not sure whether trac­tion played a part in this tragic crash, but we hope that of­fi­cials ex­am­ine what more can be done to make that stretch of road safer to all who travel it.

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