The San Antonio Express-News reports a construction worker died on Feb. 22, 2018 after he was hit by a car in Pasadena, located in east Harris County.
A red Dodge pickup was driving east in the 4300 block of the Sam Houston Parkway East service road near Cullen Boulevard at approximately 8:50 a.m., according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Hisham Khweis was standing at the edge of the road while working in a construction zone. The pickup truck’s driver veered between lanes, struck the curb and then Khweis.
Khweis was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The Texas Department of Transportation issued a statement in 2017 saying work zone fatalities increased 27% the previous year, with 181 lives lost. However, they said 96% of those deaths were not of workers but motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
“People often think work zone crashes result in the deaths of roadside workers, but statistics show the vast majority of these fatalities are drivers like you and me who are passing through as motorists,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We urge you to pay attention and adhere to posted traffic signs when driving through work zones to ensure your safety and the safety of the men and women who are working on our roads. At the end of the day, we want everyone to return home safely to their loved ones.”
Texas law requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching work crews, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or amber lights. Traffic fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.
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