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FRANKLIN COUNTY • A Hermann man has been charged with assault after striking and killing a Missouri Department of Transportation worker as he was cleaning a bridge in Franklin County in April. 

Norman E. Haimila, 80, of Hermann was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and driving without insurance in connection with the death of Lyndon Ebker, 55, of Rosebud, Mo. 

Ebker was part of a MoDOT crew cleaning road salt and other grime off a bridge on Highway 100 near Bucheit Road when he was struck about 9:15 a.m. April 7. 

Haimila struck Ebker when he swerved to avoid a dump truck Ebker's crew had parked in an eastbound lane of the highway, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Ebker was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The dump truck had a device on the back designed to minimize damage to vehicles in a collision. The workers had posted signs that work was being done on the bridge.  

Haimila stayed at the scene after the crash and was questioned by authorities.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Wednesday. 

Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.

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