Family in Mourning After Construction Worker Fatally Struck, Driver Loses Control, Rolls Car

A North Texas family in mourning is calling for the community to drive safely in construction zones after a man doing roadwork was struck and killed by a car Tuesday.

Police said a driver lost control of his car and rolled the vehicle near the intersection of West Keist Boulevard and Mountain Creek Parkway which then hit construction worker Waldemar Barrios.

Barrios was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. He is survived by his wife and children.

The driver of the other vehicle, 67-year-old Michael Whinery, and a second construction worker were hospitalized with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. NBC 5, however, learned that Whinery, of Lancaster, died at the hospital Thursday. Whinery's cause of death is not yet clear.

The condition of the second construction worker injured is not known.

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Barrios' brother was at the scene and said the driver appeared to be driving over 80 mph. Dallas police are investigating what caused the driver to lose control but have not yet released a crash report.

The Barrios family asked that people driving in North Texas to take more precautions when driving through construction zones.

A vigil is planned for Sunday at the site of the crash.

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A construction worker was killed when a driver lost control of their car, rolling the vehicle which then hit the construction worker.

Another man working in a construction zone was killed overnight Tuesday when he was struck by a street sweeper. Police said 64-year-old Natividad Chavez was working with a crew on the Dallas North Tollway when the street sweeper backed over him at about midnight Wednesday. Chavez was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Plano where he later died. The incident is under investigation.

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