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Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Chris Conklin’s Statement Following Fatal Crash at White Flint West Construction Site

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Chris Conklin, the director of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), released the following statement after the fatal crash on Monday evening, June 1, at an MCDOT construction site near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard in West White Flint:

“On behalf of our entire organization, I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Michael James O'Connor, who lost his life Monday, and to his colleagues who were present as a motor vehicle crash next to a construction site took his life while he was working to improve the safety of our streets. The White Flint West project, where the crash took place, is planned and designed to advance Vision Zero by creating an urban environment that puts pedestrians and cyclist safety first, and Mr. O’Connor’s tragic death is another reminder of the dangers on our streets that we must continue to address. MCDOT will work with investigating agencies to identify what lessons can be learned from this incident. We will support our employees and contractors to make sure that they receive necessary counseling and grief services, and we will continue working toward making our roadways safer for all.”

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Release ID: 20-286
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389