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Man assisting motorist on Mopac (Loop 1) hit, in critical condition

I'd like to know where the Sentra was on the roadway - in the shoulder, I'd assume? If so, why was the Santa Fe moving at freeway speed on the shoulder? I can't imagine someone would actually stand behind a vehicle stalled in a traffic lane on a freeway, especially someone who works for the Department of Transportation.
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uthrom From: uthrom Date: November 23rd, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'd be surprised how stupid some SUV drivers are...

I wouldn't be surprised if the SUV was, indeed, going down mopac at highway speeds on/close enouhg to the shoulder.

And I bet he hung up his cell phone as soon as he hit Mr. Garcia, heh.


- d.

equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: November 23rd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I bet he hung up his cell phone as soon as he hit Mr. Garcia, heh.
Hah! Why does that sound so believable?
gev From: gev Date: November 23rd, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

cellin' bullshit

I bet he hung up his cell phone as soon as he hit Mr. Garcia, heh.

even if he cleared the log on his phone, police can still
get the logs from his provider... But the story does say
there was no evidence of cell phone usage contributing.
capt_drake From: capt_drake Date: November 23rd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I bet he hung up his cell phone as soon as he hit Mr. Garcia, heh.

I wonder who called EMS? Probably the driver!
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: November 23rd, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why on earth did he park his TXDOT truck (which would at a minimum be something like an F150, if not something much larger) on the grass instead of parking directly behind the disabled car? Granted, the SUV still could have hit him, or pushed the TXDOT truck into him, but still...
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: November 23rd, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who said he had a truck? TXDoT has everything from Prisuses to pickup trucks, and more. He could have been in any number of vehicles. :-P

It would probably have been wise to park the vehicle, say 50 feet? behind them, maybe more, depending. Or, isn't it likely that he would have flares in his vehicle? Couldn't he have used them as markers?
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: November 24th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Anyone on road patrol was most likely in a truck of some kind...
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: November 24th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
And it doesn't say he was on road patrol, just "a maintenance worker."
xulong From: xulong Date: November 23rd, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
eh, the answer is in the third paragraph.

Garcia parked his state vehicle on the grass and had just begun pushing the Sentra toward the exit when a Hyundai Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle hit him and the Sentra from the rear.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: November 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That doesn't say whether the Sentra was on the shoulder or in a travel lane. It tells us where the state vehicle was, but I never asked that question.
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