City worker filling potholes hit by vehicle on Phoenix road

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX – A Phoenix city worker was seriously injured after he was hit by a vehicle while filling potholes near Pecos Road and 17th Street Monday afternoon.

Phoenix police officers and firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a 2012 Kia Soul and a Street Transportation Department work truck at approximately 12:30 p.m.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department, two Street Transportation Department employees were stopped in the roadway, repairing the road surface. One of the employees was working behind the truck and the second was sitting in the driver's seat.

A Kia Soul driven by a 26-year-old woman struck the worker in the roadway and then collided with the rear of the city vehicle.

The 38-year-old employee who was hit sustained serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The second employee, a 36-year-old man, sustained minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

The driver of the Kia and two children, ages 1 and 3, were properly restrained in the vehicle. All three were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and for observation.

Crump said the driver was providing child care for the two passengers and told investigators she was distracted when something fell on the back floorboard. When she was reaching back to pick it up, she veered over, causing the collision.

"She indicated to our officers that a bottle had hit the floor, the back floor board and that she was distracted, bending over trying to pick it up when she veered into the lane that had the equipment in the roadway doing the repair," said Sgt. Trent Crump.

The driver of the Kia will be cited for failing to control the speed of her vehicle to avoid a collision.