A 24-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly drove drunk and struck a Minnesota Department of Transportation worker on Interstate 94 earlier this month.
The 61-year-old MnDOT worker was clearing a mattress off the Interstate near 42nd Avenue in Minneapolis at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, CBS Minnesota reports.
Evidently, the MnDOT worker had cleared the mattress off the roadway and was trying to clear away the remaining debris when he was struck. He was transported to North Memorial Hospital. A detailed description of his condition has not been publicly distributed, but it does not seem that he is in danger of losing his life, or of having lifelong injuries.
The man who allegedly struck him was arrested at the scene. He has been charged with DWI and driving with a canceled license, having no insurance, careless driving, giving false information to the police and careless driving. He has prior drunk driving convictions.
As you can imagine, the situation in which the 24-year-old man finds himself is very serious indeed. If he was, in fact, intoxicated when he crashed into the MnDOT worker, then he deserves to make amends for his wrongdoing.
However, it is important that no decisions regarding his guilt or innocence are made until he has had his day in court. Every person accused of a crime is entitled to a defense and the full benefit of the court.
As a Minneapolis DWI lawyer, I often work with people accused of DWI. If you think you may need help, please feel free to contact me.