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Indy highway worker deaths hit close to home for Michiana mom

Indy highway worker deaths hit close to home for Michiana mom

"I lost a son as a street worker," said Marci Sears.  Her son, Evan, was 18 when he was hit by a car in a work zone in 1999.  "It literally was an instance of being there one second and gone the next," said Sears.

At the time police said the driver who hit Evan didn't see him because of the sun's glare.

"Incredibly difficult loss for our family," said Sears.

So as the weather gets warmer and more construction sites start popping up she has a reminder, "be aware of that construction worker that you're literally passing sometimes inches away from, know that their lives are really in your hands."

Sears said Friday morning's tragedy in Indianapolis, "breaks her heart" and is all the more reason to remind drivers, it's construction season.  "You really do need to be alert and pay attention, cause gosh, you sure don't want to be the one responsible for that construction workers last day alive," said Sears.

It's a message that INDOT also wants to get out there.  "We ask people to consider the danger out there and these people want to make it home safely to their families...all the more important reason to slow down," said INDOT Spokesperson Matt Deitchley.

Deitchley said this summer especially be alert, because of the harsh winter, he said you'll see more construction sites this year than you have in the past.

"I say a little prayer as I go by, keep these people safe today," Sears said.  She'll be thinking about the workers at each and every construction site.
The construction crews do take precautions by putting up cones, wearing fluorescent vests, and things like that.  But Sears said the workers also have a job to do, so they can't constantly have their eyes on you and the traffic.  That's why they depend on drivers to help keep them safe.   

And construction zones aren't just dangerous for the workers.  INDOT said since 2010 more than 40 people have been killed in Indiana work zones and some of them have been drivers and passengers in cars.

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