(Nov. 1, 2013) A 22-year-old man knew he had struck something on Route 50 near Route 589 Sunday as he was driving back to Ocean City from the Casino at Ocean Downs. It was about 2:20 a.m., he had not seen anything on the highway and there is no lighting in the area.
After stopping his Jeep Wrangler, he and his passenger got out to see if they could find what the Jeep had hit. It had hit a man.
According to Maryland State Police, Stephen J. Bird, 38, of Madison, N.J., was walking from right to left across the eastbound side of Route 50 and was in the travel portion of the highway when he was struck by the Jeep driven by Aaron Bentley Craft of Hampstead.
Craft stopped the Jeep and he and his passenger, Travis Morgan Taylor, 26, of Ocean City, tried to find what the Jeep had struck.
Investigators reconstructed the location of the impact and noted Bird was 3.2 feet from the yellow centerline in the lane of traffic.
During the investigation, Route 50 was closed for approximately four hours because of the reconstruction of the collision. According to Maryland State Police, little to no disruption to either eastbound or westbound traffic occurred.
The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office met with investigators, and no charges are pending against Craft.
Maryland State Police also said alcohol was not a factor.