Construction crews, families grieve following deadly crash

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INDIANAPOLIS – Construction workers with Rieth Riley Construction Company showed solidarity as they joined hands in prayer following the death of two of their own along I-69.

They’re shook up they’re having a hard time with it obviously this is somebody they work along side with every day and the scene is not a good scene at all and they’re down there trying to console each other,” said Indiana State Police, Sgt. Rich Myers. 

Coty Demoss, 24, of Noblesville and Kenneth Duerson Jr., 49, of Indianapolis were killed after a driver plowed into a road sign striking the workers. The crew was picking up cones as their shift was coming to a close. Investigators say they don’t know why the driver, Jordan Stafford, 22, of Fortville didn’t change lanes as the construction sign instructed.

The arrow board was still operating letting drivers know to get out of the left lane along I69 between the 82nd and 96th street exits.

“Gotta tell people to pay attention to what’s going on and to be aware at all times especially in these construction zones these are two individuals a young man and an older gentleman that aren’t going to go home tonight to their families just doing their job trying to pick up and call it a day,” said Sgt. Myers.

Coty Demoss had been employed with Rieth Riley along with his brother and father. Kenneth Duerson’s wife tells us it was his first night on the job with the company. She said her husband was a family man who adored his 8 grandchildren.

She tells us she is still in shock and her only peace is in knowing the two of them prayed together before he went off to work.

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