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Texas construction worker killed in turnpike accident

Officials reported that a construction worker died after being hit on the turnpike in the vicinity of Lower Tarrant Road in Grand Prairie just after 12 a.m. on Aug. 4. While the man accused of causing the accident on the President George Bush Turnpike left the scene, he was apprehended later in the day.

The accident occurred, authorities said, when a 24-year-old Grand Prairie man driving a Chevrolet Impala failed to notice flashing arrows atop a road maintenance truck signaling traffic to reroute away from a construction crew working on the highway. According to a police representative, the driver of the Impala struck a trailer containing the construction worker on board; he was laying reflective markers on the pavement. The worker was killed by the impact.

The Impala's driver then reportedly continued across the turnpike and hit a second road maintenance vehicle. A worker in the truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The 24-year-old driver and a passenger then abandoned the vehicle, according to the Department of Public Safety, and left the area of the crash in another vehicle not linked to the accident. He was arrested in Grand Prairie at his home, transported to the hospital for accident-related injuries and charged with failing to stop when the accident happened and not providing aid. As of the time of the report, he was being held at the county jail without bond.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing. The roadway was shut down, but all lanes were opened in time for the morning rush hour.

Workers who are hurt at work or, as in this case, the family of a worker who is killed while performing job-related activities, could apply for workers' compensation benefits. The family may suffer significant financial hardship, and an attorney, after reviewing pertinent records, may assist them in filing for death benefits to recover the decedent's lost income and other expenses related to the person's death. The attorney could also assist with a third-party claim against the person responsible for the person's death in a case like this one.

Source: WFAA, "Suspect arrested in hit-and-run death of construction worker", Jenny Doren, August 04, 2014

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