Man, 66, dies in crash on U.S. 50

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE -

CH­ESTER — A Ch­ester man died Thurs­day morn­ing, Oct. 11, when he was struck by a trac­tor-trailer on U.S. Route 50/301. Mary­land State Po­lice said pedes­trian er­ror was to blame for the fa­tal crash.

A 2016 Ken­worth truck trac­tor be­ing driven west on Route 50 by Roger Lee Gzym, 44, of Dover, Del., struck James Ed­ward Fresch, 66, who was in the road­way near the in­ter­sec­tion of Piney Nar­rows Road at 5:33 a.m.

Wit­nesses re­ported on so­cial me­dia that Fresch was wear­ing dark clothes, and it was still dark out.

Emer­gency med­i­cal re­spon­ders pro­nounced Fresch dead at the scene at 5:41 a.m., po­lice said.

The Mary­land State Po­lice CRASH Team and units from the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle En­force­ment Divi­sion re­sponded to the scene for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­con­struc­tion.

The State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion and State Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter as­sisted with di­rect­ing traf­fic. The road was only par­tially closed with traf­fic able to pass in open lanes and on the shoul­der.

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