Work-Zone Injury Leads To Long Recovery

The crash that nearly cost Robert Lakeman his right foot did not command front-page headlines or intense law enforcement scrutiny.

It remains big news to Lakeman, who still walks with difficulty after being struck by a drunken driver the night of July 6th, 2005, while working with a pipe-laying crew on Gordon Road.

Lakeman is one of more than about 15-hundred people injured every year in work zones across the state.

The state Transportation Department says there were 30 work zone
fatalities in 2005.

Officials say there were more than 44-hundred work zone crashes in 2005 in North Carolina. Research done by the DOT found that speeding and distracted driving accounts for nearly 55 percent of all work zone crashes.