State Police, Tollway Officials Talk Safety After Death Of Construction Worker

Mike Krauser
September 18, 2018 - 11:59 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois State Police expect that criminal charges will be filed against the driver of a car that hit and killed a construction worker along I-294 in Rosemont on Friday night. 

State Police and tollway officials gathered Tuesday near the location where the worker was killed. 

“A tragedy brings us here today to talk about work zone safety," said Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom. 

It was nearby that Frank Caputo died when, according to police, the driver of an Infinity crossed into closed lanes and hit the 61-year-old worker.   

“His death is a terrible tragedy and it didn’t have to happen,” he said.  “If you see someone blasting through a work zone call star (*) 999 and let us know."

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Schillerstrom said safety is everybody's responsibility.  

Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman said there are 4,800 crashes in work zones each year. 

“Drivers, passengers, and construction workers are all at risk," she said.  

Illinois State Police Captain Robert Meeder said toxicology and a check of the driver’s cellphone are part of the investigation. 

“Once collected the evidence and information gathered will be presented to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office for a review and approval of charges against the offending driver," he said.

It was one year ago today, Sept. 18, when the driver of a semi hit and killed another tollway worker who was cleaning debris along the side of the Tri-State.