S.C. highway construction worker killed in hit and run

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A highway construction worker in Beaufort County, South Carolina has been killed in a hit and run. Barry Asbury, 53, was working with a paving crew when he was struck by a car.

Nicole McGuire, the 28-year-old driver, was driving a 2-door 2000 Pontiac and left the scene after hitting Asbury. She was later arrested during a traffic stop.

McGuire has been charged with with hit and run involving a death, and felony DUI.

“A lot of times, people get complacent seeing these [construction] signs, especially on U.S. 278 and S.C. 170 since there’s so much construction that’s been going on here lately,” Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly says. “Always keep in mind that these workers are out here working on the roads to make the roads safer for us. So, let’s give them the courtesy to, you know, obey the speed limit.”

Wimberly reminds everyone that highway construction workers put their lives on the line for our safety, not just theirs.

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“It’s just like our job as state troopers, we expect to go home at the end of the day, knowing that we do have a dangerous job. These workers understand that as well, but they’re out here to benefit us, and make the roads safer,” she says. “We just ask people to be sure to go slow through there, because these workers need to go home safe.”