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Portion of I-71 in Delaware Co. To Be Named for Late ODOT Worker

DELAWARE COUNTY (Ken Hines) -- A section of I-71 will be named for a transportation department worker who was killed in an accident while working on the highway in April.

Delaware County Commissioners approved a proposal Thursday to designate the section of I-71 from mile markers 125 to 128 as the Lee M. Rizor Memorial Highway.

Rizor, 27, died on April 22, 2013 when the backhoe he was operating was struck by a semi truck after the vehicle's driver, Dwayne Allen Hill, fell asleep behind the wheel.

ODOT workers hope the memorial to their fallen colleague will remind Ohio drivers to exercise extra caution when driving through work zones.

"We make it a point to remind everyone of the dangers of being out there on the job. These dangers are real. Our people are exposed. "ODOT District 6 Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed said. "There is a plague of distracted driving in this country. It is nothing short of a plague."

Hill was convicted of misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter and failure to maintain his lane after pleading no contest to the charges. He is not expected to serve time in jail.
 
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