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Two pedestrians hit during Cruisin’ weekend, one dies

Trooper that struck, killed local man put on admin. leave for ‘five working days’
By Katie Tabeling | Oct 12, 2017

(Oct. 13, 2017) One man died and another man was seriously injured after they were struck by cars during last weekend’s Endless Summer Cruisin’ event.

Thomas Lawlor, 57, of Ocean City, died from his injuries after he was struck by a Maryland State Police patrol car around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. Lawlor reportedly “darted into the street” at 76th Street and into the path of a marked Ford Explorer, according to press releases.

The car was operated by Master Trooper James Price of the Princess Anne Barrack as he was assisting with road patrol. He was driving in the middle lane when Lawlor stepped “directly into the path” of the car, according to reports.

Price tried to avoid a collision, but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian. Ocean City EMS took Lawlor to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was declared dead.

At the time of the accident, police said Lawlor had no identification on him. His name was released on Tuesday after his family was notified.

Price was uninjured in the crash. He was placed on administrative leave for “five working days,” according to police.

While the Maryland State Police CRASH Team continues to investigate the incident, Ocean City Police are looking into a second crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

An unidentified 19-year-old man from Walkersville, Maryland was struck by a 1998 Chevy Camaro while he was crossing Coastal Highway near 54th Street around 1:15 a.m.

He was airlifted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by a Maryland State Police helicopter. Ocean City Police spokeswoman Lindsay Richard said as of Sunday, he was in serious condition. His condition was downgraded to stable on Tuesday.

“We believe that the pedestrian was just north of the crosswalk, although this is still under investigation,” she said. “The light was green for the vehicle at the time of the collision.”

The Camaro was operated by an unknown 36-year-old Salisbury man. No charges had been filed as of mid-week.

Ocean City police are still reviewing an incident where a police cruiser also struck a pedestrian near 56th Street on Sept. 29. The officer was turning left onto Coastal Highway on a green light before striking a man, who was legally in the crosswalk.

The 26-year-old Connecticut man was airlifted to PRMC, and was treated for minor injuries. He was released from the hospital that same night.

Ocean City Police’ accident review board is reviewing this crash to see if it was preventable. If it is deemed preventable, Richard said, the Internal Affairs will consider what response is necessary, and make a recommendation to Chief Ross Buzzuro.

“It will take some time,” she said.

At this point, there have been 22 pedestrian collisions, including two fatalities that both occurred during car show weekends.

James R. Ednie, 23, of Kelton, Maryland, was struck and killed by a 1972 Chevrolet Impala during Cruisin’ Ocean City in May. Ednie was reportedly crossing the highway near 45th Street and was not using a crosswalk. The driver was later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

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