Flags lowered to honor state worker killed in on-duty crash

March 19, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed flags to be lowered to half-staff on all state government buildings in honor of a highway worker who has died from injuries suffered in a work-related accident.

Cuomo says flags will be lowered Tuesday to honor Dennis “Matt” Howe, of Owego (oh-WEE’-goh) in Tioga (ty-OH’-guh) County. Howe had been employed by the state Department of Transportation since 2006.

Tioga County sheriff’s deputies say Howe was driving a DOT truck with a crew doing highway safety work on Route 17 in Nichols last Wednesday when the vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Howe was seriously injured and was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, where he died Monday night.

Deputies ticketed the trucker for violating New York’s “Move Over Law.”