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Vigil for construction workers killed tonight

RICHMOND, VA. (WWBT) - Monday night there is a vigil scheduled for the construction workers killed in Virginia, while doing their job along the side of the road.

We have reported on this several times: Police reconstructing the scene of an accident where a construction worker was hit. Some even killed.

Back in May of last year. Meta Hall, thought she hit a construction cone. She actually hit construction worker Brian Fitzgerald.

"When I was in the hospital, I did tear up a couple of times because I realized I walked away from something that could've killed me," says Brian.  

Then, there's another case. That's when police say retired Henrico Police Officer John Tucker the Third also hit a construction worker. His case is working it's way through the courts now.

Both Hall and Tucker were said to be drunk.

"Obviously, its frustrating and disappointing when people aren't taking heed to our advice. We want people to slow down and pay attention when traveling through our work zones," says Taya Jarman with VDOT.

Statewide seven construction worker were killed in 2009.

As the weather warms up-- we are starting to see construction zones pop up. Including two major projects in our area: one along Midlothian Turnpike and a second zone along the Huguenot Bridge. Both work zones have lanes shifted, some lanes closed and the danger of hitting a construction work very real.

"Those are real people here under these hard hats. And, they have families they want to go home to. And, the only way we can do that is if you slow down and if you get through these work zones safely," adds Jarman. 

Brian was lucky. He was able to heal. But there are dozens of other workers who did not get that chance.

That vigil tonight is set to start at 7 PM along Interstate 64 East near Afton Mountain. That's near mile marker 102.

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