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Highway worker killed in St. Michaels work-zone crash

Highway and Road TransportationR Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

A contracted highway worker for the State Highway Administration died Thursday evening after being struck by a vehicle in a work zone in St. Michaels, according to the SHA and Maryland State Police.

John Kenneth Shahan, 40, of Denton, was controlling traffic near the intersection of Saint Michaels and Deep Water Point roads about 1:40 p.m. when he was struck by a 2005 Chrysler Sebring convertible, police said.

Shahan was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries, and died there Sunday evening, police said.

Police identified the driver of the Sebring as James Kenefick Obrien, 84, of St. Michaels, and said charges are being considered pending an investigation into the incident. Obrien was not injured, police said.

Shahan was an employee of SHA contractor David A. Bramble, Inc., of Chestertown, the SHA said.

Melinda B. Peters, the SHA's administrator, said in a statement that the agency is "deeply saddened" by Shahan's death, and offered her condolences to his family, community and coworkers.

Peters also urged more caution from drivers. In the past 20 months, seven highway workers have been killed in Maryland, the SHA said.

"Each one of us as drivers must slow down and drive attentively to keep our workers, as well as ourselves and other travelers, safe," she said.

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