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Roadway worker fatally struck in hit-and-run near Maricopa

December 17, 2020 GMT

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Gila River police were searching Thursday for a suspect in a hit-and-run along State Route 347 north of Maricopa that left a construction worker dead.

They said the victim was working on a roadway resurfacing project in a designated construction zone when he was fatally struck about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

His name hasn’t been released yet.

Police said the suspect vehicle was described by witnesses as a small passenger car.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said crews have been sealing pavement cracks on Interstate 10 during overnight hours.

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It marks the second highway worker to be killed this year in an Arizona highway work zone.

In March, ADOT Incident Response Unit member Frank Dorizio was hit and killed by a car while helping to set up a sign that alerted drivers to pavement repairs along I-10 southeast of Phoenix.