Mark Pirelli of Bridgeport, IL, Killed by Vehicle in I-80 Construction Zone
Chicago authorities have identified Mark Pirelli of Bridgeport, IL, as the construction worker who was struck and killed by a vehicle that crashed into a work zone on I-80 last week.
According to Chicago police, the incident occurred on the morning of September 9 at a construction zone on I-80, half a mile west of Illinois Route 40. Someone reportedly driving a red Honda westbound on I-80 crashed into a construction zone and struck Pirelli, who was standing outside his maintenance truck helping to direct traffic. The impact instantly killed Pirelli, sources indicate.
The driver of the Honda, identified as 84-year-old Robert Bowen of Macomb, was hospitalized and has since been treated and released, according to sources. Chicago police announced that Bowen has received a citation for failure to yield.
Car accidents in roadside construction zones are a common occurrence in the US. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,844 workers lost their lives because of motor vehicle crashes at road construction zones between 2003 and 2017. Illinois reported the fourth-most worker deaths out of all states during that period with 83 fatalities. The top three states for such deaths were Texas (218 deaths), Florida (132 deaths), and Pennsylvania (91 deaths).
Since preliminary reports indicate that Bowen was at-fault in the collision, Mark Pirelli’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. With the help of an attorney, a wrongful death victim’s immediate family can seek justice and obtain compensation for their loss, including losses associated with funeral expenses or income.
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