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Police: SUV hits, kills ODOT worker on I-680 in Youngstown

The crash happened on Interstate 680 at the Market Street overpass

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - WKBN First News has confirmed the name of the Ohio Department of Transportation worker killed in a crash on Interstate 680 Thursday afternoon.

John Pasko was killed after an SUV hit him at the Market Street overpass.

Police say around 12:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a 73-year-old man was driving an SUV on I-680 when his car veered into a work zone.

"A vehicle strayed into the work area, knocked down some of the cones that were up and struck one of the workers, knocking him into a piece of equipment," said Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees.

Police wouldn't say what piece of equipment it was, but the worker was killed almost instantly.

Lees said there were signs posted, warning that workers were ahead.

"The usual customary warnings that would be appropriate in that situation."

Police said the driver of the SUV had a medical emergency, possibly a heart attack. They aren't sure if it happened before or after the accident.

"We do know that once he stopped and the officers approached him, that he was suffering, again, a medical emergency and was transported to the hospital by ambulance," Lees said.

ODOT released a statement Thursday:

We are deeply saddened today by the death of a member of our ODOT family. Ohio lost a hard-working public servant who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones tonight," said ODOT District 4 Deputy Director John Picuri.

At this time, it is unknown what caused the crash, but the Youngstown Police Department is investigating.

John Pasko Obituary


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