MPD: Bishop State car hit construction worker on DIP, drugs & alcohol not factors

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UPDATE: (3/14 5:55pm) — New details released Thursday about the vehicle that killed a construction worker Wednesday on Dauphin Island Parkway. 

Mobile Police say the vehicle that hit Clay Crutcher, a John Walton Construction Company employee, is owned by Bishop State.

Charges have not been filed against the driver. However, police say they’re continuing their investigation into that fatal accident.

Unfortunately for John Walton Construction Company, it’s not the first time it’s faced this type of tragedy.

“He was a hard worker and he was just a great, great guy. Never had a problem, he was always on top of things. He will be sorely missed,” John Walton said of his employee, Clay Crutcher.

Police say the vehicle that hit Crutcher was heading southbound through the work zone. “It’s like living a nightmare all over again, you know,” Walton said. 

The Waltons lost their son, who was also an employee at their company, the same way back in 2015.

Marshall Walton was hit and killed by a driver on US route 45 while working.

“My son was my heart. He was everything that any mother would ever want,” said Kathy Walton.

At the time, a vehicular manslaughter law in Alabama had been repealed.

So, with the help of state legislators, the Waltons came up with the Marshall James Walton Memorial Highway Safety Act making vehicular homicide a class C felony under certain circumstances. 

“That was the whole purpose of this law was to help. It didn’t help our situation but it would help the next families to get justice,” said Kathy Walton.

Bishop State says it’s cooperating with police and it sends its condolences to Clay Crutcher’s family.

UPDATE: (3/14/19 1:30PM) — The following is a statement from Bishop State Community College;

“Bishop State Community College is aware of the tragic incident that occurred near our Southwest campus on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, involving a college employee in a college vehicle. The college is completely cooperating with the Mobile Police Department’s ongoing investigation.

Bishop State extends its heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the family of the deceased and to all who are involved.”

UPDATE: (3/14/19 10:20am) — Mobile Police tell us drugs, alcohol and speed were not factors in the death of a construction worker Wednesday on Dauphin Island Parkway. 

Investigators say Clay Crutcher, an employee with John G. Walton Construction Company, was hit by a car in a working zone.

Police say a car belonging to Bishop State was traveling in the construction zone in the southbound lane and hit Crutcher. 

Charges have not been filed against the driver but the investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE (11:12 p.m.): John G. Walton Construction Company has identified the worker killed as Clay Crutcher.

BREAKING: A construction worker has been hit and killed by a car near Dauphin Island Parkway and Hurtel Street.  The driver did stop, it’s unclear if they’ll be facing charges. 

The accident happened while ALDOT crews were working to re-pave Dauphin Island Parkway. The man killed worked for a contractor hired to do the project.

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