August 29, 2012
18-year-old flagger killed on Saskatchewan highway project
An 18-year-old woman from New Brunswick is dead after being hit by an SUV in a construction zone in Saskatchewan.
RCMP say Ashley Dawn Richards of Lakeside was working as a flag person on a highway when she was hit Friday near Midale, southeast of Weyburn.
An autopsy is scheduled for this week in Regina.
Sgt. Paul Dawson says charges have not been laid, but are pending against the driver of the SUV, a 44-year-old man.
Dawson could not say if speed was a factor in the crash, noting an investigation is underway.
Saskatchewan Highways Minister Don McMorris says the tragedy is a stark reminder of the need to slow down and drive carefully in construction zones.
This kind of accident should never happen. All it takes is for drivers to obey the law and slow down – especially in construction zones,” McMorris said in a news release.
Motorists are required to slow to 60 kilometres an hour when passing workers and equipment in construction zones.
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