TULSA, Okla. - City officials are urging motorists to watch out for workers in work zones throughout Tulsa.
Officials said summertime is the a good time for repairing streets, overlays and rehab projects, so there are more workers on the roads at this time of year. The city also has water-line repair crews working in trenches in or near the roadways, and utility companies are working on the right-of-way close to traffic.
Two lives were lost in April as a result of a driver who hit two contractors in a work zone. Just two months later, a temporary worker for the city sustained multiple, serious injuries in a hit-and-run accident at night while flagging traffic near a trench where workers were repairing a water main.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. reminded all motorists to put down their phones, slow down and watch for workers on and near the roadways.
“City employees and contractors are doing jobs to improve infrastructure and public safety that make citizens safer. So, I want to encourage citizens to watch out for them and keep them safe and able to go home to their families at the end of the day. Unfortunately, that was not the case on June 21 when Jill Davis, a young mother and outstanding worker, was hit by a Ford-150 truck passing through a work zone,” said Mayor Bartlett.
Jill is still hospitalized recuperating from her injuries. Friends and colleagues established a fund to assist with Jill’s mounting medical expenses and care for her children. The Jill Davis Support Trust was established at Arvest Bank for donations.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Jill was never found nor did he surrender to authorities. If you have any information about this hit-and-run incident, please call (918) 596-COPS.
In 2013, 17 people were killed in Oklahoma highway work zones and 857 people were injured in 1,646 collisions in Oklahoma work zones. That is nearly a 183 percent increase in fatalities, 130 percent increase in injuries and a 170 percent increase in the number of work-zone accidents since 2004.