JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — The recent injury of a construction worker is a reminder of the importance of attentive driving, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Aaron Belcher.

A construction worker was struck by a vehicle around 10:30 a.m. on July 7 while flagging motorists along Jefferson Road, Belcher said. He said a northbound vehicle, driven by Edward Anderson, 74, on Jefferson Road struck Pamela Bradek, 46, while she was working.

Bradek was taken to Ashtabula County Medical Center and then transported to Cleveland Metrohealth. He said it was unclear the nature or extent of her injuries.

Anderson was charged with failure to assure a cleared distance.

“When you know you are approaching a construction zone, you should reduce your speed significantly,” Belcher said. He said maintaining a clarity of attentiveness is very important.

Just being aware the construction zone is there is a good start, Belcher said. He said watching for what may be around the next bend is also very important.

“You never know what may be on the other side of the [bend],” he said.

Keeping a close eye on all surroundings and making sure electronic devices are not taking away from a driver’s attention are clearly important ways to insure safety for construction workers.

“In this day and age people get distracted by things,” he said.

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