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5:53 PM, Aug 12, 2011   |    comments
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"The biggest problem right now is the brain injury," said Mindy McIntyre on Friday. McIntyr'e father David Wright remains at St. Anthony Hospital under constant watch. "He's had surgery to repair his leg. He had surgery this morning to repair his jaw. It's just a matter of getting the brain to heal right now."

It was one week ago when Wright was hit in the westbound lanes of I-70 just west of Evergreen Parkway. The driver did not leave the scene, and it's unclear if the driver will be cited.

On Friday, McIntyre joined with CDOT's executive director as well as the head of the Colorado State Patrol to try to remind drivers to be careful during what's turned out to be another busy construction season.

Coicidentally, hours before the scheduled news conference, a CDOT truck carrying two workers was struck in Greeley, leaving two more CDOT workers hospitalized. Their injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

"Obviously it's very difficult for our employees to go through this again," said Don Hunt, the head of CDOT.

Two tow truck companies also attended Friday's news conference. Nearly two weeks ago, Alan Dilley was killed while trying to clean up a DUI crash near Wadsworth and 58th Avenue. Prosecutors have charged Zach Dobler with, among other things, first-degree murder in that case.

"As you come upon a construction zone," said Col. Jim Wolfenbarger, "take a second and let off of the accelerator. Just pay attention as you are passing by these zones."

"Just give them a little space," added McIntyre. "Give them a little respect."

McIntyre said her father started working for CDOT in 2006, shortly after he was laid off from another job. He liked working the road, she said.

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