The tragic death of a Jamesport man who was killed after being struck by two cars while out jogging along Main Road in Laurel Thursday has become the catalyst for the NoFo Runners Group’s campaign to help raise awareness about safety.
Nearly a dozen supporters gathered in Mattituck on this gloomy Saturday morning to participate in a three-mile run in honor of James Callaghan.
The 49-year-old was hit in dense fog before dawn about 250 feet east of Laurel Lane, according to a police statement.
“I’m a local runner and I jog on that road all the time,” said Jamesport resident Josie Aprahamian. “It hit close to home.”
NoFo runner Barbara Shalvery of Cutchogue said the accident should serve as a reminder for joggers to wear reflective gear, bright colors and identification tags with their name, address, contact and medical information.
“We are all vulnerable,” she said.
In addition to bringing attention to the importance of jogging safety, the runners’ group is also collecting donations for Mr. Callaghan’s family.
Contributions can be made by reaching out to NoFo Runners Club on Facebook.