Suspect Sought in Construction Zone Hit-and-Run

Updated: 08/23/2013 7:43 AM By: Tim Sherno

A road worker in a MnDOT construction zone was hit by a car Wednesday night along Interstate 94 near Silver Lake Road in New Brighton.

Lewis Patch was operating a concrete saw when the incident occurred; he says he and another man were working on a broken machine, "I bent down to pick something up off the ground. I heard tires squealing, I looked and I see headlights. Try to get out of the way, couldn't get out of the way fast enough."

Lewis suffered a broken leg and was released from the hospital late Thursday. Lewis believes the car that hit him entered the construction zone to escape a traffic back-up, "It was fast, happened fast. He was going way fast, I want say he was going 60 miles an hour down through there."

Matt Gilderhus is the Safety and Risk Manager for PCi Roads, the contractor working on the project. He says every safety measure was in place and that often times, even that isn't enough. "As many safety precautions as we put in place, it is still extremely dangerous," he said.

The vehicle that hit Patch left the scene. Authorities are looking for the driver of a black Honda sedan.

They say the vehicle probably has front-end damage. If you have information about this incident you're asked to call the State Patrol at 651-582-1511.