Driver Strikes Four Construction Workers, Killing One in Work Zone Crash in Concord, North Carolina
CONCORD, NC- Wsoctv.com writes that a driver entered a construction area on the road over the weekend, hitting four of the workers. One of the workers, a 50-year-old man, was killed in the crash. Police indicate that the driver was under the influence of alcohol when she crashed into the victims.*
The woman driving the vehicle was 22-years-old. She is facing charges for felony death by motor vehicle. The police stated that she might be facing additional charges as well.
The reports specify that the worksite was marked correctly and lit when the crash occurred. The three surviving victims were taken to the hospital. Two of them are still being treated for severe injuries, and the third was later released.
The incident took place near the entrance to the Concord Mills Mall, where construction is underway to improve road conditions in the busy area.
The four victims were employed by Crus Brothers Concrete, a Burlington, North Carolina company that has been family-owned for the past 75 years.
Work zones present certain risks because they may lead to smaller lanes, traffic being diverted, and of course, people might be in close proximity to highway traffic. In 2017, 132 worker fatalities took place in road construction sites. Many other deadly accidents involving vehicle occupants and pedestrians occurred in these areas as well.
Despite the signs, lights, reduced speed limits, and warnings, many drivers travel too fast through areas undergoing road construction. Citations, including serious fines, can be issued to drivers who fail to obey the work-zone speed limits. Driving through one of these areas while under the influence of alcohol is a clear recipe for disaster.
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