ST. LOUIS COUNTY - A man is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning.
St. Louis County police officers responded to the intersection of Heege Road and New Hampshire Avenue around 12:454 for a call of an accident.
The eastbound lanes of Heege were closed for paving when a pick-up truck struck a worker and immediately fled the scene. The worker, a 55-year-old man, was transported to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition.
"We have a construction worker fighting for his life in a hospital when all he did yesterday was go to work," said St. Louis County Police Officer, Benjamin Granda.
The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling east on Heege Road and south on Mackenzie. It is described as an extended cab pick-up truck, white, with front end damage and possibility missing a driver’s side headlight.
"The person out on the highway holding the flag or the stop sign, it's really one of the most dangerous jobs that labor has to do," said Don Willey, the business manager at Labors Local 110, where the victim has been a member for 24 years.
“[He] helped us out on a lot of functions. Was always there to help other members and the local," Willey explained. Willey visited the victim and family at the hospital earlier in the day Thursday. Willey says the victim came out of surgery okay, but has several broken bones. He said doctors are testing for head and abdominal injuries.
Meanwhile, neighbors who live at the intersection of Heegee and New Hampshire, say this can be a dangerous road because of heavy traffic. But, nothing as senseless as this hit-and-run has ever happened.
"There was an ambulance over here on New Hampshire and there was an ambulance right out here by the house," explained Bob Lang, whose bedroom window faces the intersection.
The victim is described as a stand-out worker and family man. "We know him well and we're all praying for his recovery," Willey said.
Police said the victim was wearing all of the appropriate protective and reflective gear. Police say a lot of these incidents are preventable. Drivers need to slow down, be aware of the signage and their surroundings, and always put away their phones while behind the wheel.
Anyone with information should contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477
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