A tragic work related accident has left a young Brandon construction worker dead. Robert Armstrong Jr., 19-years-old was removing a message board for Pepper Contracting Services when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and veered onto the shoulder. According to Sergeant Janice Drake of the Florida Highway Patrol, the sign he was picking up was a radar device that tells you how fast a person is traveling through a construction zone. The driver of the pickup truck was Logan Feagle, 21, from Land O’ Lakes, Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the deadly accident. Armstrong is survived by his four–month-old daughter, fiancée and other family members. Angela Coleman, Armstrong’s future mother –in-law, sends a message to all motorists that drive through construction zones with workers present: “Please slow down. Please pay attention.”
According to Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) most recent statistics, 97 people were killed and 6,305 people were injured in Florida work zone crashes in 2009. Drivers and their passengers account for a majority of construction zone crashes, according to FDOT statistics. FDOT urges all motorists to drive safely in construction zones by following these safety tips:
• Always be alert: Anything can happen when entering a work zone.
• Do not tailgate other vehicles: Unexpected stops often occur in work zones.
• Do not speed: Pay attention to reduce speed limits in and around the work zones.
• Minimize distractions: Avoid cell phone use and changing radio stations while driving in the work zone.
• Expect the unexpected: Pay special attention to workers and their equipment.
For more information on this topic, see construction worker killed along I-75.