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.