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Power line and energy employee downed in Jonesville

A 56-year-old Reading, Michigan, man was struck and killed by a passing vehicle on Homer Road last Friday, June 22. The victim was a Consumers Energy employee who had been called to the scene of a downed power line in Fayette Township, just outside of Jonesville.

Apparently the utility employee was standing behind his work vehicle when he was struck by a driver from Jonesville operating a 1999 Buick Park Avenue. Michigan State Police troopers, Reading's Emergency Unit and members from both the Jonesville and Moscow fire departments responded to the accident.

The victim was transported to the Hillsdale Community Health Center, then taken by helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center where he was immediately admitted to surgery. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The man had been a Consumers Energy employee since 1999 and spent his entire 36-year career as an electrical lineman. He leaves behind a wife, two sons, two daughters, and a grandson. He is also survived by his mother and three brothers.

Obviously, the driver is cooperating with and assisting the police in this investigation, but the police had not released the driver's name. This is a terrible tragedy that all parties involved must live with for the rest of their lives.

There are several liability scenarios associated with this tragic wrongful death accident. For instance, the driver of the Buick may be completely at fault if they were not paying attention to their driving. However, there may have been a mechanical error or a medical emergency that we do not yet know about. There is also a possibility that the victim's employer may be partially to blame if they did not give the employee proper training or proper safety equipment that would have improved his visibility to other drivers.

Source: thedailyreporter, "Services set for Reading man killed while working," Holly Roney, June 26, 2012

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