HOBART — A construction worker was killed Wednesday after a woman lost control of her SUV and struck him as he worked along Interstate 65, police said.
Brandon Beau Dewayne Fiscus, 35, of LaPorte, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was working for E & B Paving, of Anderson, Indiana.
The impact of the crash about 9:35 a.m. threw Fiscus more than 100 feet, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Indiana State Police.
Police said Jasmine Tirado, 23, of Merrillville, was driving a 2013 GMC SUV north on I-65, about one mile south of the Ridge Road exit, when she changed lanes several times. She moved from the left lane to the middle lane, behind a semi, and finally to the right lane before hitting a construction barrel separating the construction area from traffic on northbound I-65.
After hitting the barrel, Tirado continued into a construction area where Fiscus was using a concrete saw on a caddy, police said. She hit another barrel and struck Fiscus, throwing him into her windshield.
Fiscus then hit a company-owned 2016 Ford F-250 pickup truck directly behind him and came to rest about 100 feet in front of the pickup, police said.
Fiscus was pronounced dead from massive blunt force trauma by Lake County coroner’s investigators, police said.
Construction in the area of the crash has been ongoing since May. The right and outer shoulder are marked off with construction barrels, and there are many informational signs warning drivers of the construction area, police said.
The crash remains under investigation, said Doug Moats, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation. The department is saddened by the death, he said.
All northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for an investigation and cleanup. All lanes were reopened about 12:45 a.m., police said.