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Pedestrian hit, hopes drivers will watch for bikers, walkers

Logan Tucker was hit by a car on Ocean Parkway in June.

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer

(July 20,2023) Logan Tucker, 22, was hit by a car on Ocean Parkway in June and is talking about it in hopes that it prevents something similar happening to others.

It was about 9:30 p.m. on June 12, he said, when he and his friend, Gavin McGraw, were walking home. Tucker said McGraw had a flashlight to illuminate their path and make sure drivers could see them.

The driver, however, hit Tucker from behind. Tucker said he thought she was trying to make a turn. They were walking about 100 yards from the fire department.

When Tucker was hit, he said the impact sent his body into the grass area. His friend was not hit. Tucker said his friend told him the driver did not have her headlights on.

“When I came to after I was hit, I knew something was wrong with my leg,” Tucker said. He was able to walk to the car though. He said he gave the driver a hug because she seemed upset and was very apologetic.

“I did not want her to freak out.”

“My phone was dead, so I asked her for a ride home.”

He did not think to get her insurance information and only got her first name.

He was injured enough to ask his father to take him to the emergency room that night. At the hospital, he was informed that he had a hip contusion. Later on, he had foot pain. Two weeks later, he got an x-ray.

He said he had numerous issues with his leg and foot for the first two weeks, but it has gotten better over time. Fortunately, nothing was broken, and he was able to treat his aches and pains with ice.

A few days later, he went to the police station to file a report. He said he was given the impression that they knew the woman who hit him, but he has not heard from them since.

Tucker hopes that by sharing his story, it will remind people to slow down and pay more attention to bikers and those walking on the street, especially at night.

“Check to make sure your headlights are on, and stay three feet away from pedestrians,” Tucker reminded drivers.

“She scared me to death, and I scared her to death,” he said.

“Everything is OK now, and that is the important thing.”

He believes Ocean Pines might want to consider street lights or walking paths to make it more safe for everyone.

  “I worry about the kids. I have lived here for 10-12 years. Other people are not as fortunate as I am.”

According to the Ocean Pines Police Department, there has been one fatal collision involving a pedestrian on Ocean Parkway this year.

Pamela Shellenberger, 64 of Berlin was walking across Ocean Parkway at 9:23 a.m. on May 1 when she was struck by a car. Shellenberger was reportedly airlifted by Maryland State Police to Tidal Health Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, where she succumbed to her injuries.