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Smithsburg man killed while trying to cross I-81

September 24, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Smithsburg man was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer early Tuesday while walking along Interstate 81 after finishing work, according to Maryland State Police.

William Dan Hewett Jr., 32, and another man were trying to cross I-81 south of the Interstate 70 interchange at about 2:50 a.m., when Hewett was struck by a southbound 2008 Volvo driven by Claude Jackson Goodwin III, 50, of Glade Hill, Va., police said.

Hewett, who was thrown into the guardrail by the impact, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The man with whom Hewett was walking was not injured, Cpl. Brian Blubaugh said.

"He turned around to say something to his friend and didn't see him there," Blubaugh said.

That's when the man called state police and started looking for his friend, according to Blubaugh.

Hewett was walking too close to the roadway and stepped out too far, Blubaugh said.

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Judy Arthur of Labor Ready confirmed Tuesday that Hewett had been working for the company. She could not disclose how long he had worked there, she said.

According to Sgt. T.J. McKenrick, walking along any controlled-access highway, like an interstate, is illegal and a misdemeanor traffic violation. Troopers said, however, that charges would not be filed in the accident.

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