Highway Worker is Hurt in Hit-and-Run Crash on I-64 in Norfolk

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workers and contractors are in the front line on our highways. Although they are highly visible, we see repeated incidents involving highway workers even in broad daylight. I was saddened to read about a crash involving a hit-and-run driver today.

I was concerned to read about how a worker contracted through VDOT was injured on Tuesday morning. The driver who hit him failed to remain at the accident scene on Interstate 64.

Dave Forster, a spokesman from VDOT, said the safety service patrol worker was hit by a red pickup as he worked a crash on the westbound side on I-64 close to Tidewater Drive.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya of Virginia State Police said the area was coned off in response to the crash. A Ford F-150 cut through the coned off area and struck the 26-year-old worker with one of the pickup’s side view mirrors.

wrecks involving VDOT workers are common in Hampton Roads

 

VDOT say the worker was outside of his vehicle when he was injured. Virginia State Police troopers were called to the accident scene on I-64 around 6:10 a.m.

Forster said the worker was up and walking after he was struck by the pickup. Anaya said he was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.

The worker is employed by Parsons, which VDOT contracts for safety patrol.

The wreck caused major congestion for motorists on the westbound side of I-64 on Tuesday morning.

Local police as well as personnel at military bases in the area are on the lookout for the suspected hit-and-run vehicle.  Troopers are continuing to probe the incident.

We hope the worker makes a speedy recovery. Far too many highway workers are injured on the interstates of Hampton Roads.

Last year, a VDOT worker was injured when his van was involved in a crash with another vehicle on the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Suffolk. The bridge operator was driving between two locations when he was hit by a panel van.

There’s never an excuse for being a hit-and-run driver. Often people who leave the scene, have something to hide. We recently represented a highway worker who lost both of his legs when he was hit by a drunk driver in a construction zone on I-264 in Norfolk.

If you are driving in a work zone or see traffic cones, you should slow down and give space to highway workers.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a hit-and-run driver, call our Hampton Roads auto wreck injury lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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