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MODOT Worker Killed by Drunk Driver at Accident Scene

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Missouri Department of Transportation motorist-assist operator died on Sep. 21 after a motorist drove through several devices meant to protect him and ran him over. The man had just celebrated his 15th anniversary on the job and was remembered by loved ones as a “man of service.” Meanwhile, the driver was arrested and accused of having a blood-alcohol level of 0.184, more than twice the legal limit.

The victim was part of a crew that responded to an accident scene on Interstate 70 in Independence early in the morning of Sep. 21. Since working on the interstate can be dangerous, the crew put up traffic barriers, flares and other devices to alert passing drivers to their presence. Missouri law requires drivers to shift one lane over when possible to give motorist-assist workers as much room as possible.

Unfortunately, the accused driver either did not see the protective objects or failed to respond in time. He drove though some cones and hit the victim, who was taking photographs of the earlier accident, and threw him several feet. The car then struck a truck parked at the scene, causing a fire.

The man died of his injuries. He would have turned 51 on Sep. 25. He had worked for MoDOT since 1997 and recently received a plaque commemorating his 15 years with the department. He is survived by a 14-year-old son and a fiancée who will now not have their loved one, apparently due to the driver’s intoxication.

Source: The Kansas City Star, “Worker for MoDOT killed on Interstate 70,” Glenn E. Rice, Sep. 21, 2012

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