A 59-year-old man was fatally struck by a vehicle while working in a construction zone in Gridley, Illinois. He was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center for treatment and died around one hour after the incident.
The construction worker was identified as Larry Williams. The accident occurred while Williams was directing traffic through the area. The McLean County Coroner said that he died from his head injuries.
According to Illinois State Police, a car heading westbound on U.S. Route 24 struck Williams as he stood in a work zone near the Ford Street intersection. The vehicle driver was identified as 58-year-old Abuelsood Juma.
Police cited Juma for speeding and failing to yield to a construction worker. Authorities were continuing to investigate the fatal accident and examine evidence before filing any formal charges.
There are important regulations in place for construction zones. In 2020, Illinois enforced a law that enhances the punishment for hitting a construction zone worker. The maximum fine has increased from $10,000 to $25,000, accompanied by a potential 14-year prison sentence.
If you have been hurt in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The compensation can provide crucial financial support while you recover from your injuries. Call the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg to find out more.