A longtime employee with the Missouri Department of Transportation was killed in Franklin County during an April work-zone accident, and his killer has been charged. According to officials, a Hermann man is charged with second-degree felony assault on a highway worker as well as driving without insurance.
The 55-year-old MoDot worker, of Rosebud, was struck just west of Buchheit Road on Highway 100 at approximately 9:15 a.m. on April 7. The MoDOT worker was with crews conducting a routine cleaning of the highway. The crew had flashing lights to warning traffic to slow speed through the work zone. According to police, an eastbound motorist did not see the work zone warning lights, and swerved to miss hitting the attenuator and struck the MoDOT worker. The MoDOT man was thrown over 20 feet and tragically died at the scene.
The Director of MoDOT expressed the agencies deepest condolences for the family and their sadness for the loss of a dedicated employee. The former MoDOT District Engineer and now MoDOT’s Chief Engineer says he worked with the victim for many years. The victim retired from MoDOT after working 30 years at the agency and was only employed as a seasonal worker. Flags were flown half-staff across Missouri in honor of the deceased MoDOT worker as ordered by the Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon.
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