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Construction workers fight for their lives after being hit by a car in Cobb County

Two construction workers fight for their lives after being hit by a car near I-75. It happened around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning on Roswell Road under the I-75 overpass.

“It’s too early to tell them all, but you will definitely be seriously injured by a motor vehicle if you don’t yield to that sign,” said Marietta Police Department Officer Chuck McPhilamy.

McPhilamy said these are just some of the charges a driver could face on Sunday night.

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“You had two construction workers setting up, getting ready for a crew to resurface the bridge you see behind me.”

Police said the two construction workers, Jimmy Varraza, 38, and Oscar Aguilar, 28, both from metro Atlanta, were out of their cars.

They were setting up a road sign for a lane closure on Roswell Road under the I-75 overpass in Marietta.

“They mind their own business. They’ve set up a directional arrow sign, a trailer to try to get traffic around them,” McPhilamy said.

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But police said the driver of a gray 2019 Jetta Volkswagen did not go around. The driver ran through the structure and hit both workers and then ran away from the scene.


“That driver is not the registered owner. We are in contact with the registered owner and we hope they will cooperate with us so that we can find out who is really behind this and how this happened,” said McPhilamy.

According to the police, the driver of that Volkswagen Jetta did not comply with the traffic rules in the construction zone. One of the rules is the ‘Move Over’ law. You must transfer when you see a construction zone, leaving one lane free for safety reasons.

“The ‘Move Over’ law states that you must cross one lane or leave an empty lane in between, or slow down so that you are ready to stop,” said McPhilamy.

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Police said both workers are at least communicating, but they are not out of the woods yet. As for the driver, he is still being sought.

If you know anything, call Marietta Police Officer K. Bedford at 770-794-5364.


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