Tulsa Hit-And-Run Victim Recovering After Workzone Injury

Friday, March 20th 2015, 6:50 pm
By: News On 6

Spring is the time of year when road construction projects get going full speed. So the state highway department is asking you to be careful during "Workzone Awareness Week."

One former construction worker's life is changed forever because of a distracted driver.

Orange cones and barrels have been popping up all over Tulsa. Even that can't stop a driver from plowing into a construction zone and hitting a worker.

Jill Davis was hit nine months ago, and her life will never be the same.

Sitting on her couch, Jill Davis, looks like any other 30 year old. But when she walks around - you can tell she's been through a traumatic injury.

"I'll never be able to chase after my kids; I can't run after them, play with them like I used to," she said. "I 'll never be able to work that same job. My life is different; I have pains constantly."

Back in June 2014, Davis was lying in a hospital bed - with her leg propped up. She's come a long way since then but will never forget June 21st, 2014.

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"I remember I was so frustrated because the cars weren't paying attention," she said.

She was holding up a construction sign near Lynn Lane and 11st Street, when a truck hit her. The impact threw her thirty feet, knocked her out of her work boots, breaking her pelvis, injuring her arm and left leg.

"I have no feeling on the side of my leg from the knee down. I can't move my toes," said Jill Davis.

Davis is haunted by what's happened to her and wants to remind drivers to be extra careful while driving past construction workers.

"They have families, they have kids they are trying to provide for and I feel like people need to be more aware and pay attention," she said.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is hosting a "National Work Zone Awareness Week" this Monday through Friday - urging drivers to slow down, whether you are driving past orange barrels or by a state trooper.

"I've had drivers brush my pant leg at 70 miles per hour. I can tell you it's a dangerous job we do," said Captain George Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Now more then ever, law enforcement is asking drivers to put up their cell phones and other distractions to avoid unnecessary accidents like Davis'.

"My life has changed, and my kids life has changed, and its just our life now," said Jill Davis, a former construction worker who was injured by a hit-and-run driver last year.

The driver who hit Davis was never found. She hopes to one day teach safety courses to help use her tragedy to educate others.