A Morrisville woman did not brake before she drove into the back of a highway construction truck parked on the shoulder of the Beltline on Tuesday afternoon, hitting two workers who were standing behind the truck, according to a police report.
Angela Renee Roland, 44, was going an estimated 60 mph when she hit the back of the truck just off the eastbound lanes of the Beltline near the Capital Boulevard exit at about 1:20 p.m., according to the report. The truck had its emergency lights flashing.
One of the workers, Kelly Lewis of Garner, was struck by Roland’s Toyota and knocked over a guardrail. The other, Darrick Bridges of Raleigh, was pinned between the car and the N.C. Department of Transportation truck.
Bridges, 44, remained hospitalized Wednesday in fair condition at WakeMed. Both Lewis, 46, and Roland were treated and released from WakeMed.
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Roland was then taken to the Wake County Detention Center, where she was charged with failing to move over for a parked construction vehicle. She was charged under a section of the state’s “move-over” law that applies to incidents involving death or serious injuries.
The police report indicates officers think Roland might have been under the influence of drugs or medications at the time of the accident and that they are awaiting tests.
State Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon that indicated the workers were employed by the state.
“Safety of our employees and drivers is always a top priority, and this incident highlights, again, the importance of work zone safety,” Tennyson said in the statement. “We continue to urge drivers to remain alert and slow down when crews are working along the roadside or anytime an area is marked as a work zone.”