A construction worker died from his injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 95 northbound on the Brandywine River Bridge in Wilmington, Delaware Monday night.
The worker, identified as Aleksandr Mitishovas, was struck by a 1998 Nissan Quest shortly after 7:30 p.m. as he exited the driver's seat of a Ford F-350 pickup truck while wearing a reflective vest. The impact caused Mitishovas, 36, to become airborne, said Delaware State Police.
Medics took Mitishovas to Christiana Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
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The 35-year-old minivan driver remained at the scene, said police. The driver and five passengers in the van were properly restrained and not injured, said police.
Mitishovas was preparing to set out warning signage while working for Enterprise Flasher Company of Wilmington when he was struck, said police.
"The hearts of our entire agency go out to the family and friends of Aleksandr Mitishov and to the staff of his employer, Enterprise Flasher Company," DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan. "Aleksandr lost his life last evening on I-95 on the Brandywine River Bridge as he was in the act of making our roads safer for others while setting up warning signs for sign structure inspection work. Everyone at DelDOT who shares in the hazardous duties of working in and around traffic understands and appreciates the risks involved of these professions, and we are deeply saddened by what occurred."
The two right hand lanes of I-95 northbound were closed for about three hours as police investigated.
Alcohol didn't appear to play a role in the wreck, said police.