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New Jersey Man Killed After Getting Hit By Car In Berlin

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BERLIN, Md. - Maryland State Police say a pedestrian was killed early this morning in Berlin.

According to reports, at around 2:19 AM, troopers of the Maryland State Police responded to the area of East Bound US Route 50, east of Maryland Route 589 (Racetrack Road) for a reported motor vehicle which struck a pedestrian.

Upon their arrival, troopers say a 2005 Jeep Wrangler was noted in the travel portion of the roadway.  The vehicle was operated by Aaron Craft of Hampstead, Maryland. Troopers say Travis Taylor, of Ocean City, Maryland was a passenger in the vehicle. Troopers say they learned that the vehicle operated by Craft was traveling east on US Route 50, when Stephen Bird, 38, of New Jersey, walked from right to left across the eastbound side of US Route 50.

Authorities say Bird was in the travel portion of the roadway when he was struck by Craft's vehicle.  The vehicle reportedly came to a controlled stop of which Craft and Taylor exited the vehicle and attempted to locate what they struck.  It was noted Craft and Taylor were allegedly leaving Ocean Downs Casino on their way home in Ocean City. 

Investigators say they were able to reconstruct the location of the impact and noted Bird was 3.2 feet from the yellow center line (6.2 feet from the center grass median) in the lane of traffic.  The roadway reportedly does not have any artificial lighting in the area. 

Reports say US Route 50 was closed for approximately 4 hours to accommodate reconstruction of the collision. The Worcester County State's Attorney's Office met with investigators and they say no charges are pending against Craft.  Alcohol was reportedly not a factor.

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