Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Mount Gilead man killed Friday in a highway construction accident in Burke County.
43-year-old Flavio Jaimes was working with a paving crew from J.T. Russell & Sons of Albemarle when the driver of a pickup truck ran into them. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Fri, Sep. 19, on Interstate 40 at the junction of N.C. Hwy. 18 in Morganton.
N.C. State Trooper Brian Joines told the Morganton News-Herald that 37-year-old Timothy Robinson of Morganton was driving a Ford F-150 and may have been distracted or fatigued when he struck Jaimes and two others on the crew, all of whom were working inside an area marked by signs and safety barrels.
Jaimes died en route to Grace Hospital in Morganton.
34-year-old David Coble of Albemarle was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of a severely broken ankle, and the Stanly News & Press reports that Mitch Brinkley was treated and released with minor injuries.
Sergeant Mark Cline of the Highway Patrol told the Morganton paper troopers issued 34 speeding tickets along that two-mile stretch of I-40 in the second week of September. N.C.
Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata expressed condolences on behalf of the DOT, and said it is “imperative” that motorists “stay alert and use extreme caution when driving through work zones.”
According to an obituary published by Hartsell Funeral Home, Flavio Jaimes is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, and his parents. His burial will be Tue., Sep. 23, at 1 p.m. in Stanly Gardens of Memory.