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Could I Be Hurt While Working in a Construction Zone?

November 11, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

Taking into account all the possible dangers that construction workers face on the job is a difficult task, but it is the responsibility of employers to do so, because if they fail to, lives could be lost. Still, in some cases, construction accidents are caused by third parties, and in those cases, the party at fault should be held accountable.

Three months ago, a 44-year-old man lost his life in a hit-and-run accident while working in a construction zone, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The wreck happened in the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue/State Road 37 around 2 a.m.

The 44-year-old construction worker was standing by a work truck prior to being struck by the vehicle, a black Jeep, which had drifted into the road’s shared turn lane. After hitting the worker, the Jeep kept going, fleeing the scene, according to the Lakeland Police.

A co-worker who had heard the crash found the construction worker’s body. The 44-year-old man’s body had been knocked 80 feet from where he had initially been struck by the Jeep. His injuries proved fatal.

After receiving a tip, the police were able to locate a woman who had been a passenger in the Jeep. She led them to the driver of the vehicle. The driver turned himself in to authorities earlier this month. Police later found out that both the woman and the driver had been drinking prior to the wreck.

Did You Know?: On average, 28 people are killed in drunk driving crashes every day in America, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-hit-and-run-arrest-shelby-shull-killed-20141020-story.html