Drunk driver who killed construction worker sentenced to 30 days in jail
Steven Mitchell, 43, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Tuesday in the 2011 death of a 29-year-old construction worker doing night roadwork in Jefferson County. By Belo Content KMOV
(KMOV) – A 43-year-old man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Tuesday in the 2011 death of a 29-year-old construction worker doing night roadwork in Jefferson County.
Steven Mitchell, 43, was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated endangerment of a highway worker, drunken driving and careless driving in the death of Jorge Carranza Jr. Mitchell was also given a $10,000 fine and sentenced two years’ probation.
Mitchell was drunk driving northbound on Highway 141 on July 12, 2011 when he improperly crossed over the southbound exit ramp of Highway 21 and hit Carranza Jr.
Carranza Jr. was transported to the hospital with head and leg injuries. He was pronounced dead Aug. 1, 2011.
According to authorities, the area was barricaded and several work zone and construction signs were posted to warn drivers.
Mitchell could serve a one-year jail term if he fails to complete his probation.