Last night a terrible tragedy occurred. A worker in a construction zone was struck and killed by a driver who swerved into him. A second worker was also hit and is luckily resting at home.
It's a scary reminder of what we already know.
We have all been guilty of taking that unnecessary risk while driving. A momentary lapse in focus, reaching down to adjust the stereo, turning our head momentarily to check on the kids in the back, look over to see what that is on the side of the road, only to look up and all of a sudden that car in front of us is much closer that expected.
We drive so often that we forget that a simple risky behavior can sometimes change lives. In this case, for the driver and the family of the worker it is a night that will never be forgotten.
The driver was arrested for Investigation of Vehicular Homicide (possible alcohol involved). They could go to jail and will have to live the rest of their life knowing they killed a person.
Lets all take this opportunity to take a second and reflect on our own driving habits, for the sake of our own families and the families of those who risk their lives every day improving the safety of the conditions of the roadways, which we often take for granted.
Let's not forget this worker and millions of others out there across the country working right now.
“Our hearts go out to his family. He was one of the good guys," said Brian Nielsen, WSDOT.