Foreman of a Highway Line Painting Crew Killed When a Car Enters the Work Zone – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Case Report: 16MA023
Release Date: May 14, 2018
On June 28, 2016, a 52-year-old male foreman (victim), employed by a roadway painting and safety company, was fatally injured when he was struck by a car. The victim was part of a work crew painting roadway lines within a highway work zone at night. While standing in front of his work truck, a passing motor vehicle intruded into the work zone. The motor vehicle struck the victim and continued forward, striking a cone truck that was backing. A call was immediately placed for emergency medical services (EMS). EMS and state police arrived within minutes. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Contributing factors identified in this investigation included the victim being on foot and in proximity to the edge of the work zone and the operator of the motor vehicle that struck the victim was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.