Walk in the dark on highway ends with dead pedestrian

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ST. JAMES — According to a news release of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department, on 9/1/13 at approximately 9:00 pm, Shirley Jordan, 63, of Great Mills was walking across Route 235 in the area of Mattapany Rd.
While crossing the two-lane highway, which is in a 50 M.P.H. speed zone police say she was struck by a 1994 Chevrolet Sport Van operated by Cong Nguyen, 43, of Virginia.
Police report that Jordan was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
The fact that there was no fly-out to a trauma unit, indicates there may have been no chance for Jordan to survive.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction team assumed the investigation. Police say that alcohol and speed do not appear to be contributing factors in the incident, however alcohol often is a factor on the part of pedestrians who are found later from autopsies to be under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. Blood tests will take at least a few weeks to determine BAC levels in both the driver and the deceased.
The police are required to obtain a blood draw in the case of a highway fatality but police did not indicate if this was done in this incident.
Anyone with any information in regards to the incident is requested to call Deputy Beyer at 301-475-4040.
Those walking along highways or crossing need to be aware of the speed of traffic and wear reflective clothing, and wait until the traffic has passed before beginning to cross.
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