Construction worker dies after being hit by vehicle; driver arrested

 Gary Carnicom
Gary Carnicom (WNDU)
Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 11:19 AM EST
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A construction worker has died after being hit by a vehicle in a St. Joseph County construction zone Tuesday.

"It's heartbreaking," said Steve Kizer, who lives near the scene of the collision. "It's another family member that's not going to be able to be home for Christmas."

It happened Tuesday morning on Indiana 931 between New Road and Osborne Road. That section was closed for more than six hours while crews processed the scene.

Officials say the right lane was shut down for construction crews and the driver did not change lanes, hitting a flagger.

Gary Matthew Carnicom, 54, has been booked into the St. Joseph County Jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death.

"Hopefully, the person that did this will pay for it," Kizer said.

Another man who lives near the scene shared what he heard and saw just moments after the deadly accident.

"I was out here working in the backyard about 10 a.m., shortly after we saw ambulances, heard the sirens roll up. So, I started getting suspicious, looked over down the road and the guy was laying in the road" Aaron Moser said. "A lady was yelling all distraught, obviously."

Police haven't released the identity of the 65-year-old male construction worker who was killed.

The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team is investigating.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office says the decision to proceed with charges against Carnicom will likely be made Wednesday. He is being held at the St. Joseph County jail without bond, and toxicology results are pending.

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