RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — For the third time in just two weeks, a person on-the-job was hit along a Central Virginia highway.
The latest incident was Friday morning on Powhite Parkway where a highway construction worker was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.
At around 12:47 a.m. on Friday, Richmond Police found a highway worker lying in the southbound lanes, just after the toll booth near Chippenham Parkway. Officers say the man was hit while working. He was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries, but is expected to survive.
Police are looking for a dark-colored sedan that was headed south toward Chesterfield County.
“When you’re behind the wheel, your primary responsibility is to operate that motor vehicle in a safe manner,” Rich Jacobs with DRIVE SMART Virginia said. “You can’t do that if you’re impaired, you can’t do that if you’re distracted and you sure can’t do it if the vehicle isn’t safe to operate to begin with.”
Jacobs’ organization believes area drivers aren’t getting the message to keep everyone safe.
“They’re not moving over and they’re not slowing down,” Jacobs added. “And the law is pretty simple, in essence, if you see an emergency vehicle slow down; that’s easy enough. And if you can do so safely and there’s a travel lane next to you going in the same direction, move over one lane to give them a buffer lane.”
“Distraction is becoming an increasing problem on the roads.” — Rich Jacobs, DRIVE SMART Virginia
Two weeks ago a Hanover firefighter was killed and two others were injured when a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of a firetruck on I-295.
And just days ago, Powhatan’s fire chief was sideswiped along Route 288 while working a crash.
VDOT said the worker who was hit Friday morning was a Richmond Metropolitan Transit Authority worker. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richmond Police Department.