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Construction worker killed by suspected drunk driver

The dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are well-known thanks to the efforts of multiple public service announcements. Unfortunately, people in North Carolina and across the country continue to make decisions that put their lives and the lives of others they may encounter at risk. In fact, a construction worker in another state recently passed away after police say he was struck by a car driven by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.

The incident happened just after 1:30 a.m. on a day in September. According to reports, a 30-year-old man drove a minivan through barricades marking the closure of three lanes of an out-of-state interstate for a construction project. Police say that the man continued driving, ultimately striking two construction workers.

One of the workers, a 59-year-old man, was transported to the hospital, but he passed away less than an hour after the accident. The second victim is said to have suffered only minor injuries. The driver was taken into police custody and faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Unfortunately, the family of the construction worker must now face a future without its family member. While it will likely do little to help them cope with the emotional consequences of their loss, they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits which can help them with funeral costs, medical bills and lost wages. Many people in North Carolina who deserve such benefits choose to ask an experienced professional for help as they seek fair treatment after similar tragedies.

Source:, "Drunk driver hits, kills construction worker on I-70", Sept. 30, 2017

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