A man who allegedly struck a road worker on Interstate 469 in a hit and run crash admits that he was distracted by a blonde woman also working on the road crew.
Motorist Reportedly Struck Road Worker And Drove Away
According to court documents, motorist Roger A. Caley, 64, was traveling east along I-469 through Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday when he struck what he says he believed to be a construction barrel. Instead, police believe that Caley struck road worker Christopher M. Brandell as he was moving construction barrels. Caley reportedly pulled over and examined the damage to his pickup and then left the scene.
Driver Says He Was Looking At Female Worker Because She Was Pretty
Caley admits that he was distracted because his eye was on a blonde worker who “caught his eye because she was pretty.” Caley said that he saw the woman pick up the barrel that he had hit.
The female worker told police a different story — that she’d heard a loud noise and saw Brandell go airborne. She didn’t see the vehicle that struck him, but she ran to her coworker to administer aid.
Police later pulled Caley over and noted that there was damage to the front end of his vehicle. He was arrested on two counts of leaving the scene of a crash.
Driver Later Admitted To Hitting Worker
After he was questioned for some time by police, Caley admitted that he had hit the worker.
Brandell was taken to the hospital with serious injuries including damage to his aortic valve, a lacerated spleen, a lacerated kidney, and broken ribs. Doctors fear that he could be paralyzed.
Formal charges will likely be filed against Caley on Friday.