Several snow plows across New York state will bear the name "Howe's Plow" to honor a Department of Transportation worker who was killed in a Tioga County work zone crash.

Agency commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez on Tuesday announced the tribute to Dennis "Matt" Howe.

The 45-year-old Howe lived in Candor. He died in March 2019 after a truck slammed into a DOT vehicle in a work zone in the town of Nichols.

New York State highway maintenance worker Dennis "Matt" Howe died in March 2019 after he was injured in a work zone. (Provided by NYSDOT)
New York State highway maintenance worker Dennis "Matt" Howe died in March 2019 after he was injured in a work zone. (Provided by NYSDOT)

The Pennsylvania man who was driving the truck involved in the crash was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

The "Howe's Plow" designation was the winner in a DOT "Name a Plow" contest at last year's New York State Fair.

Howe will be honored with one plow truck in each agency region bearing the name "Howe's Plow."

Dominguez said she hopes the plow designation will serve "as a reminder to drivers to slow down and move over for the safety of the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters driving plows and doing other essential road work year-round."

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