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Man charged in death of MoDOT worker who was struck, killed in Franklin County

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Lyndon D. Ebker, a longtime MoDOT worker was struck and killed today in the line of duty on Rte. 100 in Franklin County. Lyndon D. Ebker, a longtime MoDOT worker was struck and killed today in the line of duty on Rte. 100 in Franklin County.
A MoDOT worker was struck and killed on Highway 100 west of Buchheit  Road Thursday morning (Credit: KMOV) A MoDOT worker was struck and killed on Highway 100 west of Buchheit Road Thursday morning (Credit: KMOV)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man is charged with allegedly hitting and killing a Missouri Department of Transportation worker in Franklin County on April 7.

Norman Hamilia of Hermann is charged with second-degree felony assault on a highway worker and driving without insurance.

The worker, identified as 55-year-old Lyndon Ebker of Rosebud. He was struck on Highway 100 west of Buchheit Road around 9:15 a.m.

MoDOT crews were conducting routine work, which included washing off the salt and dirt that accumulates through the winter, and had flashing lights warning traffic to slow down for the work zone. 

Police say Hamilia somehow did not see the warning signs and flashing lights until it was too late.

"Had a gentleman driving eastbound on Missouri 100, for some reason he did not see the attenuator and did not see the lights on the back of it and swerved to miss it, and when he did he hit the MoDOT employee," said Sergeant Al Nothum, Missouri Highway Patrol.

Ebker was thrown 20 feet and killed at the scene.

Patrick McKenna, Director of MoDOT said, “We are deeply saddened for the family, our thoughts and prayers are for the family and will all of MoDOT. This is a sad day."

Ed Hassinger, MoDOT Chief Engineer and former MoDOT District Engineer says he worked with Ebker. He says Ebker retired in 2013 after working 30 years with MoDOT, but was working as a seasonal employee.

Flags are flew half-staff across Missouri in honor of Ebker until his funeral. Governor Jay Nixon called for the order on April 8 as Ebker's family and co-workers mourn the sudden loss.

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