Road worker, 57, killed by suspected drunken driver
One construction worker was killed Thursday morning and another injured by a woman suspected of drunken driving in a work zone on northbound Interstate 75 in Detroit, police say.
A woman driving a GMC Terrain around 12:50 a.m. went off the freeway near Warren toward the right shoulder, where construction workers had blocked off the lane with barrels. A truck that was being used in the construction project also was the lane.
The woman struck that truck and her Terrain flipped over, killing a construction worker later identified as David Snell, 57, of Bay City, Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Mike Shaw said. The crash injured another worker.
Police arrested the driver of the Terrain and say alcohol was suspected to be a factor in the crash, Shaw said.
"This crash would not have happened if you take the drunk from behind the wheel and she took a taxi, Uber or had a designated driver," he said in a tweet Thursday. "One family loses a loved one to a drunk driver and another family may lose the driver to a long prison sentence. Please, do not drink and drive."
The crash forced police to shut down a section of the northbound lanes for roughly six hours.
Snell was a heavy equipment operator for C.A. Hull Contractors in Walled Lake since 2005, said coworker Mike Malloure.
"We're all devastated by the news... he's been with us for a long time," Malloure said.
Snell's son, David Arthur Snell II, posted on Facebook about his father's death.
"He was a kind, generous, and loving man," he wrote. "I ask that you keep us in your prayers and allow us the time to heal."
Crews at the site are installing additional barriers, State Police said, to prevent such a crash from happening again.