BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gone but not forgotten. A city employee tragically killed in front of City Hall last year is remembered by city officials and family members. Matthew Hersl was killed after being violently hit by a driver high on drugs.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on the man convicted of killing him and the legacy the victim left behind.
The driver is now behind bars, serving 10 years for vehicular homicide and one year for drug possession. The family of Matt Hersl, a dedicated O’s fan, say he is being remembered as a true servant of the community.
It’s been one year since Hersl was killed in front of City Hall as he walked across the street. Flowers now surround the memorial to remember a man with a big heart and a big voice.
“Remember him just like it was yesterday,” said Michael Robinson, a friend of Hersl’s.
Hersl was hit and killed by Johnny Johnson, who police say was traveling more than 100 miles an hour as he exited the JFX.
The crash report says he was high on cocaine and marijuana at the time.
The momentum of the crash was so powerful, the car flipped in the air and landed on its roof.
Hersl’s best friend says he was the last person to talk to Matt alive.
“He said, `Come on down, pick me up. We’ll go get some pizza at DiPasquale’s or Matthew’s,'” said Nick Vasiliadis. “Then all of a sudden, he just stopped talking.”
Johnson is now serving 11 years in prison.
Hersl’s brother, Steve, says the last year has been tough but seeing how his brother touched so many lives is a reminder of the legacy he left behind.
“It shows what kind of city employee he was and how much he was loved by all,” he said.
Hersl was known for his love for not only the community but also the Orioles–and he never missed a game.
“Always noticed this time of year that he wore bright orange,” said Councilman Carl Stokes. “Overall, a sweetheart and great guy.”
Hersl’s family says while Johnson has been sentenced to 11 years, he may only serve five.
Hersl worked for City Hall for 30 years.
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