UPDATE 7/6/2022 @11:30 a.m.: AAA issued the following statement:
The AAA family is deeply saddened by the death of one of our drivers in Prince George’s County late last night. Sixty-nine-year-old Anthony Okozi was helping a member who had run out of fuel on Route 50 in Bowie when he was struck and killed by another vehicle.
“Our hearts go out to Anthony’s loved ones as well as his AAA colleagues during this very difficult time. We will be forever grateful to Anthony and all first responders who have given their lives while helping others,” said Kevin Micsko, Vice-President, Fleet Operations, AAA Club Alliance.
Anthony joined the AAA Upper Marlboro Fleet in June of last year. Supervisors say he had taken the job in transition to retirement, which he was planning for early next year.
Okozi’s death illustrates why Slow Down, Move Over laws are critical to everyone’s safety. The best thing drivers can do is move over and away from vehicles and people on the side of the road.
“Whether someone is fixing a tire or working on a tow, all motorists must slow down and move over a lane, if they can do so safely, to create more space for those working at the roadside. Their lives are on your shoulders,” Micsko added.
The Maryland State Police continue their investigation into the crash.
(BOWIE, Md.) – Maryland State Police are investigating a pedestrian crash that claimed the life of a AAA worker late last night in Prince George’s County.
The deceased is identified as Anthony Okozi, 69, of Upper Marlboro. Emergency medical service personnel pronounced Okozi deceased on the scene.
Shortly after 11:15 p.m. last night, troopers from the College Park Barrack responded to westbound Route 50 in the area of Collington Road in Bowie for the report of a crash. According to a preliminary investigation, Okozi was providing fuel to a disabled motorist who was operating a white Chevy Express van. The van was stopped partially in lane #1 and the left shoulder of Route 50. Okozi’s AAA vehicle was parked directly behind the disabled van with emergency yellow strobe lights activated and traffic cones on display for visibility.
A black Jeep Cherokee Laredo, operated by Joseph Anderson, 21, of Rockville, was traveling westbound on Route 50. For reasons unknown at this time, he swerved to the left to avoid the AAA vehicle and struck Okozi while he was fueling the disabled vehicle. Okozi was wearing a reflective vest at the time of the crash.
There were no other reported injuries. Charges are pending following the completion of the investigation.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to investigate the cause of the crash. Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration personnel provided assistance with traffic and detours.
The investigation continues…