Work Zone Accident Kills Construction Worker

A deadly accident Friday morning in a construction zone along an East Texas highway.   A 19-year old woman working as a flagger is dead after being hit by an elderly man who was driving by. The accident happened on Farm to Market road 343 near Lilbert in Nacogdoches County. A state trooper tells us the 91-year-old driver, "Did not hit the brakes until he hit the woman."

The flagger is identified as Christine Holloway of Amarillo who worked for a TxDot contractor. Her mother is the supervisor on the highway project, but was not at the accident scene. The driver's name is Oscar Barnhart of Douglass. He apparently passed several warning signs and ignored Holloway who was holding a stop sign for drivers. The elderly driver will likely be ordered by the DPS not to drive anymore. Criminal charges are still possible.