Road reflector comes loose, injures man
STEVENSVILLE — One mother is trying to raise awareness of potential road hazards after an incident on Nov. 20 caused a road reflector to come loose from the road and through the windshield of the vehicle in which her son was a passenger.
Julie Green said the sevenpound piece of metal hit her 18-year-old son in the chest, as the vehicle he was riding in was traveling 50 mph on Route 50 west near Cox Neck Road.
The reflector missed hitting his neck by a quarter inch and resulted in a pulmonar y contusion, said Green. He was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Maryland State Police responded to the accident and confirmed what Green had reported, indicating the reflector had been kicked up by a passing vehicle. Green has subsequently reached out to the governor’s office, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and Maryland Transit Authority. The only response she has received this far, is one from MTA stating it was out of their jurisdiction and directing her elsewhere, she said.
“This is absolutely unacceptable that accidents like this are still happening due to lack of maintenance and or care and concern of Maryland citizens,” said Green, “My son was doing nothing, but traveling on a Maryland state road while on his way to work. He is an innocent bystander of the state of Maryland’s neglect and ignorance for the safety of citizens who travel daily.”
This accident could have killed my son, said Green.
“I now have an 18-year-old who fears every car ride. Who hears a seven-pound metal plate flying through the windshield at 60 mph all the time, and nightmares of this reflector impaling his chest,” said Green. Green said she faults the state of Maryland for being neglectful of this stretch of highway and wants changes made now to ensure the safety of her family and other travelers.
While Green is grateful that her son’s injuries were minor compared to the alternative, her goal is to make awareness to this situation — before someone is killed, she says.