ATLANTA — Police suspect that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident which killed a construction worker on September 15. The crash occurred on I-285 near Cascade Road. Police say fatal I-285 crash may have involved alcohol.
The driver, 22-year-old Nadia Butterfield, was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving. Atlanta Police say she could face additional charges following the results of a blood test.
The victim was 21-year-old Chad Mickler. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died.
Officers reported that when they arrived on the scene around 2:30 a.m., they discovered that a car had entered the closed section of the interstate and struck a guardrail in the process. The car traveled for several hundred feet alongside the barrier before it hit Mickler. Before it came to a stop, the car struck a parked construction vehicle.
This was the second serious accident in that area within hours. About 20 people were transported to hospital following a large multi-vehicle crash took place on Saturday night on I-20 near I-285.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Transportation says fatal work zone crashes are on the rise. Twenty-three such accidents occurred in 2014 while 55 occurred in 2017. In 2018, there were 52 fatalities in work zones.
In May this year, 28-year-old Justin Bagley was killed while working with a crew along Tara Boulevard in Clayton County. In the same month, firefighter Sgt. Darrow Harden was hurt when a car swerved into him while he was getting out of a fire engine along I95. Harden’s left leg was amputated on impact and he suffered serious injuries to his right leg.
Every year, GDOT urges drivers to slow down in work zones, pay attention to road signs and keep a safe distance.
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