Chesterfield Man Killed Working In Illinois Construction Zone

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A St. Louis man whose life ''as an executive'' was devastated by the economy, was trying to get a fresh start with a road construction company when tragedy struck Wednesday night.

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acgchase

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Sep 13, 2010
 
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What you all don't realize is that this man saw the truck coming, knew it wasn't going to stop, ran from in front of the car he had stopped into the ditch then the truck hit him in the ditch, do you think that if he had time to run from the road to the ditch that the truck had time to stop? Or to see him? I am sure the truck driver feels horrible about this and it purely was an accident.
I'm sorry, but you are missing some important information. The man who was killed saw that the truck was coming up too fast. He had a car stopped that had a couple in it and a young girl. He tried desperately to get the truck to slow down so that the family in the stopped car would not be hurt. He waited until the last minute to run towards the ditch. Unfortunately the truck swerved toward the same ditch and the man was killed.
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Sep 13, 2010
 

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I knew Wayne as a great man and a friend and a part of our family. Wayne was the father of my only grandson, Landon and was trying to get his life back in order to make sure he could not only support his two kids , but also be in their lives much more. Though Wayne had alot of success as a white collar business man, he was not afraid to do bluecollar work if needed to support his family and himself. Wayne always treated me with great respect and I thought of him as a friend and like a son- in- law. I will miss him very much and I feel so bad that both of his kids have lost their dad and his parents have lost their son.
As for Wayne's death, he died a hero as his co-workers have told the true story now of what happened. Wayne was the flagman who had just stopped a car with a man and his wife and small girl in it when the grain truck approached and was not slowing down to stop. Wayne instead of running toward the ditch and over a wall to safety, instead ran in the ditch toward the truck to try to get his attention to stop as not to rear-end the stopped car ahead with the family in it ! This is when the truck driver saw Wayne and locked up his brakes but could not stop and hit and killed Wayne....Wayne died a hero as he put the family in the car and his co-workers safety ahead of his own !.. I'm so proud of Wayne and the world and his family have lost a great man, father, son and friend !
gloria5249

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Kristi wrote:
This is a terrible tragedy. But what this article doesn't say is that there were no construction signs what so ever posted warning of the upcoming construction zone. The grain truck driver was not speeding and had never even had a speeding ticket in all of his 60 years. He was simply coming up a hill. He could not even see the construction going on until it was too late. I am so sorry for this tragic loss of life. But the driver of the truck was not careless or a monster. He is another victim in this terrible terrible tragedy. The guilt he feels is horrific. Blatent comments passing judgement on someone when you don't know the whole story is also a tragedy.
was at the memorial service for wayne petersen,flagger killed, and was told by fellow workers,wayne was waving his flag to get attention of truck driver because he was coming too fast, not standing idle with flag after stopping first vehicle. AND that there was a construction truck with a strobe light marking the zone. If truck driver was going UP a hill, then stopping should not have been a problem. Still, we are sorry for his anguish as well, and hopes he finds some comfort in faith.
From Wayne father

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Jul 8, 2013
 
Almost now 3 years since my son, Wayne was killed. The driver of the truck that killed my son, JACK GARNER plea bargained for a lesser charge of failing to follow road signs, and got $1000 fine, 100 hundred hours
community service and five years probation. NO PRISON TIME AND NO SETTLEMENT FOR WAYNE'S CHILDREN
NO INSURANCE PAID to my sons kids Chase and Landon.
Where is the justice of all this.
Was this a cover up by a small town???
JACK GARNER'S current Attorney represents Jack Garner AND THE INSURANCE COMPANY. How could this be?
Help me if you can please.
Tommy Caimi

Vienna, MO

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Sunday Jul 13
 
So sorry for your loose sir. Wayne and I went to Ritenour together. He was always a fun guy to hang with. I always knew he'd be a successful man. I always thought he was kinda a Surfer dude lol. Was he married? Two boys, poor fellas!!
RIP Wayne Petersen and God Bless his family.
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Florissant, MO

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Monday Jul 14
 
Tommy Caimi wrote:
So sorry for your loose sir. Wayne and I went to Ritenour together. He was always a fun guy to hang with. I always knew he'd be a successful man. I always thought he was kinda a Surfer dude lol. Was he married? Two boys, poor fellas!!
RIP Wayne Petersen and God Bless his family.
wayne was not married, but had two children with different mothers, one girl ( now age 14) and one boy (now age 5?) His daughter will remember, but his son was too young. He is missed.

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