Brayden F. Beddoes, 20, was killed Sunday while he worked in a construction zone on the I-215 belt route in West Valley City. Beddoes was employed by A-Core Construction and was in a barricaded work area at the time he was hit. The driver of a pick-up was headed southbound when he went behind the barrel barrier and struck Beddoes.
Beddoes and a co-worker were sweeping the roadway after crews cut recently poured concrete. He was wearing a reflective vest and was in a zone of two lanes that were closed to public travel when he was hit. After the truck struck Beddoes, it hit a concrete barrier and then traveled another 200 yards before coming to a stop. Another worker started to approach the truck but the driver fled the scene.
A witness observed the accident and reported a description of the truck and the license plate to the Utah Highway Patrol who is investigating the accident. The witness followed the truck onto an off-ramp and then back onto the freeway to get the information. Investigators used the information to track down and question 49-year-old Michael Brinkman in Roosevelt on Monday where he has been working. When asked, Brinkman admitted that he was in Salt Lake County at the time of the accident, in a construction zone, and that he had hit something with his truck while there.
There is a lesson here – drive safely but in the event of an accident, stay and deal with the situation. It is only fair to your fellow travelers.
Bret Hanna of Wrona DuBois in Utah, focuses exclusively on litigating plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, in mediations, and in administrative proceedings in Michigan and Utah since 1991.