A Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) contractor was killed in a work zone on Interstate 95 in Prince George, according to Virginia State Police.
The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday on the southbound side at mile marker 35.
Virginia State Police say 25-year-old Dustin M. Warden of Carson, who was employed by DBI Services, was struck by a car driven by Samantha C. Hughes while working with a mobile pothole repair work zone. He died at the scene due to his injuries.
State police say that Hughes, of Wilmington, North Carolina, looked down and took her eyes off the road before hitting Warden.
Hughes was charged with reckless driving.
VDOT issued a statement:
Our VDOT family is deeply saddened by the loss of a contract worker this morning on Interstate 95 in Prince George. Please keep this worker’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts during this difficult time. Safety is VDOT’s number one priority. We’re working with our partners in law enforcement to determine the cause of the crash and to provide support for the other workers at the scene.
While the investigation is ongoing, VDOT is stressing the importance of using caution, especially when driving through work zones.
"Whenever you are traveling through work zones, it is best to move over if at all possible we're still investigating the details of this particular crash," said Lindsay LeGrand, spokesperson for VDOT.
VDOT says they're now working to provide support for the workers who saw the crash happened.
"Our thoughts at this point are with the workers, friends and family, and colleagues who were on scene," said LeGrand.
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