Road re­flec­tor comes loose, in­jures man

Record Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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