According to California Vehicle Code 22363 VC, a driver is considered to be in violation of that code if they are within 400 feet of a construction zone. A new rule recently passed in California requires drivers to slow down in construction areas by at least 10 miles per hour even if a speed limit is not posted.
KTLA reports that late Friday, July 30, 2021, a Caltrans worker, who was working along the 10 Freeway in Ontario, was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver in a Toyota sedan.
Authorities say that the driver attempted to go around construction cones to get past the congested traffic when he hit the road worker.
After striking the Caltrans worker, the driver attempted to flee the scene of the crash but was held back by Good Samaritan eyewitnesses at the scene until officers from the California Highway Patrol arrived.
Emergency crews and paramedics arrived at the crash scene and transported the critically injured worker to Pamona Valley Hospital. He later died as the result of injuries he suffered in the crash.
California Highway Patrol officers at the scene administered a series of field sobriety tests to the driver of the vehicle. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was taken into custody.
The accident is currently under investigation. No further information about the identity of the driver was available at the time of the report.