7:30 p.m., Aug. 21)
Maintenance worker killed on Hwy. 174 identified
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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.
friend Paula Deek described Blake as "kind, funny,
adorable and a sweet man".
would take you all of two seconds to make someone laugh,"
Deek wrote in a Facebook post.
also echoed what many people were left thinking in the
aftermath of Thursday's accident.
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."
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.
investigators have not yet release the actual cause.
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