CONROE – A highway construction worker died around 8:30 Saturday morning when he was struck in the 700 block of the I-45 southbound feeder road near W. Davis (SH 105).
According to police, a Williams Brothers construction truck that was pulling an 18-foot trailer loaded with highway safety signs and an additional trailer with a light board which was in the down position and had not been deployed yet. That vehicle was stopped in the left lane just south of the exit ramp from I45 Joel Vega, 27 was near or between the truck and trailer, placing temporary caution signs along the roadside for drivers before their work began.
Meanwhile, 39-year-old Kimberly Vick was southbound on the feeder, also in the left lane. For unknown reasons, Vick’s vehicle struck the Williams Brothers lightboard trailer, flipping it. The forward motion also broke the hitch of the sign trailer causing it to move forward against the truck. Vega was believed to have been almost between the truck and trailer when the accident occurred. MCHD responded along with Conroe Fire Department but Vega was already deceased.
Vega was pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes, who had Eickenhorst Funeral Directors transport the body to the Montgomery County Forensic Services Department for autopsy.
Kimberly Vick was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A mandatory blood test was done at the hospital.
Her passenger Robert Dunson, 51 was not injured.
It is not known if Vick was able to see the caution arrows which were on the top of the truck.
Conroe Police Department’s Community Oriented Response Team (CORT) investigated the crash. Along with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit are continuing the investigation. But do cite failure to control speed on Vick as a contributing factor.