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(Posted 7:30 p.m., Aug. 21)
Maintenance worker killed on Hwy. 174 identified

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The maintenance worker who was struck and killed by an SUV while cutting grass in the median of Hwy. 174 on Thursday has been identified as Al Blake of Rockland.

The 46-year-old husband and father of two teeange boys was co-owner of the Blake Maintenance Group which did landscaping work on contract for the City of Ottawa.

Blake was cutting grass with a couple of co-workers just east of the Montreal Road off ramp when a black SUV travelling eastbound left the road for an as yet to be determined reason, flew into a depression in the centre of the median and struck Blake, killing him instantly.

As word of his tragic death spread among his friends and colleagues, Blake was remembered as being caring, thoughtful and someone who would help a friend at the drop of a hat.

Long-time friend Paula Deek described Blake as "kind, funny, adorable and a sweet man".

"It would take you all of two seconds to make someone laugh," Deek wrote in a Facebook post.

She also echoed what many people were left thinking in the aftermath of Thursday's accident.

"You go to work in the morning and don't come home ever again .. that's not the way it's supposed to be. May your soul rest in eternal sweet peace."

The question that remains on everyone's mind is what caused the SUV to leave the road? The only person who knows the answer to that question is the driver who remains in hospital undergoing treatment for face, head and bak injuries.

Police investigators have not yet release the actual cause.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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