Construction worker fatally struck on highway

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A construction worker was killed early Saturday on an Indianapolis highway when he was hit by a suspected intoxicated driver, police said.

The crash happened after the driver apparently didn’t merge to the left while approaching the closed right lane in a construction zone on Interstate 65 near the city’s downtown about 12:05 a.m. Saturday, state police said.

The car swerved to avoid an arrow board indicated the lane closure, then hit 23-year-old David Vasquez Jr. of Terre Haute and a stopped construction truck inside the work zone. Others at the scene were performing CPR on Vasquez when emergency crews arrived, but he was pronounced dead, police said. No one else was injured in the crash.

The 24-year-old woman driving the car was arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while intoxicated causing death.

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