UPDATE (9:48 p.m.) — Michigan State Police First District report the 40-year-old Gladwin man who died after being struck by a vehicle on Sherwood Hwy. Thursday afternoon is Jeremy Zeitz.
The road was closed for approximately four hours Thursday afternoon for investigation and re-opened just after 6:00 p.m.
The crash occurred at 1:58 p.m. and police are still investigating the cause of the traffic crash.
EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan State Police report a road worker died after he was struck by a vehicle traveling on Sherwood Highway Thursday afternoon.
The preliminary investigation found the pedestrian was working on the road when struck by a full-size pickup truck.
The 40-year-old pedestrian who died was from Gladwin, Michigan.
At this time, drugs and alcohol were not determined to be factors in this incident.
In the meantime, Sherwood Highway is closed at Cook Road while troopers continue their investigation.
According to Michigan Law, Public Act 103, also known as Andy’s Law (2001), the law creates penalties of up to one year in prison for injuring and up to 15 years in prison for killing a highway construction or maintenance worker. it also imposes a maximum fine of $7,500.
PEDESTRIAN FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH: Troopers on scene at Sherwood Hwy over I-69 in Walton Twp, Eaton County investigating a car vs. pedestrian. Preliminary investigation indicates a road worker was struck by a vehicle traveling on Sherwood Hwy. The pedestrian was working on the pic.twitter.com/fTwLiIKaCW— MSP First District (@MSPFirstDist) September 24, 2020
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