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State Police follow up on new leads in fatal construction worker crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 23, 2015) - Indiana State Police are still investigating a crash last year that killed two construction workers on I-69. Jordan Stafford, 22, of Fortville, is accused of hitting and killing Kenneth Duerson Jr., 49, Indianapolis, and Coty Demoss, 24, Noblesville. The two workers were finishing up their work when they were hit on I-69 southbound between 82nd and 96th Streets last May.

Sgt. Rich Myers says the Marion County Prosecutors Office requested for follow-up investigative leads. Those will be presented sometime this week to the prosecutors office.

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Jordan Stafford

The new leads come as INDOT Work Zone Safety Awareness Week kicks off.

"Especially when you have tragic crashes like we had last year on I-69 for example, those are really just too close to home," says INDOT Spokesperson Nathan Riggs.

State Police will be stepping up patrols in construction zones during the safety week.

"We often schedule them for high traffic times, morning and evening commute hours for example," Riggs said.

Statistics show more drivers get hurt than construction workers in work zone related accidents.

"Every driver, every worker is responsible for everyone’s safety in work zones," said Riggs.

To learn more about the consequences for speeding in construction zones, click here.