OHP: Truck Did Not Brake Before Fatal I-71 Crash


UPDATED: Tuesday April 23, 2013 11:52 AM

Investigators said there is no indication that a semi tried to slow down before crashing into an Ohio Department of Transportation backhoe Monday morning.

The crash killed ODOT worker Lee Rizor.

The truck driver, Dwayne Allen Hill Sr., remains in critical condition at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says there were no skid marks on the roadway, indicating that the driver make no attempt to hit the brakes before the crash.

Witnesses told the OHP that the semi was on the rumble strip along the road prior to the crash. The OHP said witnesses also reported seeing the driver swerve to avoid an ODOT pick-up truck before hitting the backhoe.

Rizor, 27, was operating a backhoe and clearing debris behind a guardrail when he was struck by the tractor trailer.

The crash occurred on I-71 northbound around 9:30 a.m. on Monday near Polaris Parkway. The road was closed for much of the day.

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