NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A worker contracted through the Virginia Department of Transportation was injured Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 64.
VDOT spokesman Dave Forster says a Safety Service Patrol worker was hit by a red pickup while working a separate crash on the westbound side on I-64 past Tidewater Drive.
“The safety service patroller went out, as they normally do in those hours, they set up cones to alert traffic to slow down,” said Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Anaya.
Sgt. Anaya said the area was being coned off in response to the crash, when a Ford F-150 cut through the area and hit the worker — 26-year-old William Riggs — with one of the side view mirrors.
“We don’t know what [the driver] was doing or what he was thinking… He should have been paying more attention,” said VDOT spokeswoman Paula Miller.
Forster says Riggs was outside of his vehicle at the time of the incident. Virginia State Police troopers were called to the accident scene around 6:10 a.m.
Riggs is expected to be OK, according to Forster, and was up and walking around following the accident.
“The side view mirror caught [Riggs’] helmet, spun him around and knocked him to the ground,” Miller said. “Fortunately he was wearing his safety gear.”
Anaya confirmed Tuesday morning that Riggs sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. He has since been released.
Riggs works for the company Parsons, which VDOT contracts for safety patrol.
The accident caused major delays for drivers on the westbound side of I-64 Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Anaya says local police as well as military bases in the area have been told to look out for the suspected vehicle.
“Unfortunately, the incident happened behind the troopers that were working the accident so the troopers did not see it occur and we unable to get a license plate number or registration,” Anaya said.
Troopers are continuing to investigate the incident.
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