November 26, 2014

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Construction worker dies after being struck on Interstate 90

AVON — Avon police have identified the construction worker killed in a crash Wednesday.

Peter Maglis, 63, of Campbell, Ohio, died after he was hit on Interstate 90 around 9:12 a.m.

The 63-year-old Campbell man was hit near the under-construction Nagel Road overpass in the westbound lanes, according to Avon fire Capt. Mike Emling.

Avon police confirmed that he died after being taken to EMH Avon Emergency Care Center. Emling said Maglis’ injuries were “pretty bad” and said his leg had to be amputated.

Two drivers were involved in the accident — Nathan Reese, 24, of Avon, who was driving a 2008 Honda Odyssey, and Anthony J. Rose, 50, of Brecksville, who was the driver of a 2006 Jeep Liberty, according to a news release.

Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley said Rose struck the construction worker after he was rear-ended by the other vehicle. Bosley said officers are investigating the crash, but alcohol, drug use or texting while driving did not appear to be involved. No charges have been filed yet.

Bosley said Maglis, who was employed by Athos Construction for an Ohio Department of Transportation project, was spray-painting the underside of the overpass when he was struck.

Signs were posted along the construction site asking drivers to slow down, but the listed speed was 65 mph. Bosley said investigators are working to determine whether speed was a factor in the crash.

Avon fire Lt. Eric Dudziak said two other men were taken to the hospital — one was another construction worker. Dudziak said he did not believe the worker was injured but may have been traumatized.

The other man transported to the hospital was one of the drivers involved in the crash, he said. Dudziak said that man complained of back pain.

Interstate 90 westbound was shut down from the Crocker Road exit to the state Route 83 exit for approximately five hours and reopened at 2:15 p.m. Traffic was reportedly backed up into Rocky River.

Web Editor Rona Proudfoot contributed to this report. Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.