Drunk driver hits, kills construction worker on I-70

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One person has died after a vehicle struck two construction workers on Interstate 70 east on the west side of Columbus.

It happened around 1:35am in the construction zone on I-70 east at Hilliard-Rome Road. According to Columbus Police, Edward Torres, 30, of South Charleston, Ohio was driving a Honda Odessy east on I-70 when he drove through the barrel barricade that closed off the three right-hand lanes of I-70 to traffic. Torres continued driving on the closed section of the roadway and struck two construction workers, one of whom died from his injuries.

Police identified the deceased victim as Steve Cook, 59, of Barnesville, Ohio.

Cook was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he was pronounced dead around 2:18am. According to police, Torres was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He has been taken into custody. According to court records, Torres has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

The second construction worker has not been identified, but police say he suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover.


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