Please join Mayor Craig A. Moe, the Laurel City Council and City of Laurel employees as we send condolences to the family of DPW employee Marcus Colbert who was struck and killed on the job today.
The accident happened at 9 a.m today, January 23, 2017. Police say it appears the driver of an SUV headed west on Old Sandy Spring Road, hit a parked car at Casulas Way and then slammed into Colbert who was working behind a City trash truck loading trash into the tailgate. He died at the scene. Colbert, who turned 30 on January 9, 2017, is the City of Laurel’s first on the job fatality.
Investigators say the driver of the black Lincoln Navigator who hit Colbert refused treatment, but remained on the scene for questioning. So far, investigators have not said why her vehicle struck the car or the trash truck.
City Officials say Colbert, a lifelong Laurel resident who is single and does not have children, started working for the City of Laurel in June
of 2003 in the Parks and Recreation Department as a summer auxiliary employee.
He was hired by the Department of Public Works as a laborer in September 2005. His father Ralph Brent has worked for DPW for 23 years. A cousin, Norman Hull has worked for DPW for 5 years. Colbert's father and cousin were on the job today but on different trucks and did not witness the accident.
“Working here was a family affair for Marcus “says DPW Director Robert Ferree. “Marcus will be remembered for his infectious smile, his willingness to help everyone, and his strong work ethic—helping other crews finish their routes without being asked.”
Colbert caught the eye of residents too. He was always willing to stop and answer questions or take pictures. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Award at the City of Laurel employee awards luncheon in 2016.
Besides his father Ralph Brent, Marcus is survived by his mother Shirley Colbert, and his sister Cynthia Colbert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. We ask that you keep Marcus, his relatives, his DPW and City of Laurel family in your prayers.
If you would like to make a donation to help the Colbert/Brent family, you bring or mail a check to the City Administrator's Office made out to the City of Laurel with "For the Marcus Colbert Family" written in the memo line. We will make sure they get it. Our address is 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD. 20707.