JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – JSO said a construction worker was hit and killed Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. while directing traffic on Old St. Augustine Road and Princess Labeth Court in Mandarin.
Preferred Materials, an asphalt and concrete company, has been doing work paving St. Augustine Road in that area. JSO said the person driving a sweeper truck was in the same lane as the worker directing traffic. The driver was backing up and didn’t see the worker directing traffic and ran over him. Police said the driver is cooperating.
The man in his 50s died at the scene. JSO Traffic Homicide Unit said this is the 45th traffic fatality in Duval County this year, the first involving a construction worker.
Neighbors tell News4JAX that the paving work started a few days ago and they haven’t had any trouble getting around the area. “There was a gentleman out there helping to get across, and I had no problem getting across yesterday,” Linda Cribbs said.
We also saw the paving work resume once JFRD cleared the scene.