Skip to comments.Family of construction worker killed in Tri-State Tollway crash devastated
Posted on 10/04/2018 2:06:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It seemed like Frank Caputo had worked in construction with his family since he could walk, and at 61 years old, he had no plans of retiring anytime soon, his family said.
He would die with concrete on his hands, and he did, said Lorraine Richards Caputo, his estranged wife. His blood ran concrete. He was proud of his job. He was a good worker, and he did a damn good job.
Caputo was working Friday night on the northbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway near Rosemont where two lanes had been closed for a construction project. Just before 10:20 p.m., a driver in a black Infiniti crossed into the closed lanes of I-294 near milepost 41 and hit Caputo, Illinois State Police said. The driver, who has not yet been identified, went on to crash into a parked, unoccupied white construction van that was in the area.
Caputo was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, according to the Cook County medical examiners office. An autopsy was pending.
The driver of the Infiniti was also taken to the same hospital to be treated for minor injuries, state police said. No one else was inside the Infiniti. As of Saturday afternoon, no charges had been filed in the case and the crash remained under investigation, state police said.
Caputo, of the 1800 block of Golfview Drive in suburban Bartlett, had three adult children, two of whom he had with Richards Caputo. Outside of work, he liked singing at karaoke nights. His favorite artists to imitate were Barry White and Joe Cocker. Richards Caputo said if she closed her eyes, it sounded like she was listening to Elvis Presley though Caputo would be the one singing.
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Family of construction worker killed in Tri-State Tollway crash devastated: 'His biggest fear was to die this way'
R.I.P., Mr. Caputo
Another careless driver in a work zone causing mayhem.
This happened weeks ago. No info on the driver of that Infiniti?
From a week ago. Still nothing on the driver.
God bless him. A good man doing honest work.
RIP. A number of highway workers (flaggers, surveyors, etc.) are killed every year by idiot drivers.
Please, please always heed Construction warnings and work zones. These guys put their lives in danger.
Connected democrat no doubt.
Sad story but lazy headline. What did you expect?
Family of Construction worker killed in Tri-State tollway crash elated.
“He really wanted to die this way”
I’m always careful but I’ve had them walk in front of me on the road a couple times too.
We recently had a big project. The signage for closed lanes gave no warning coming off the freeway, the cones were all covered in tar as were the workers former hi-viz clothing. You literally could not see anyone until you were on top of them.
It was a state job but I called our city manager and reminded him that the city police would have to clean up the carnage if there was an accident.
Signs all over Illinois highways that say if you hit a construction worker, it’s an automatic 10 years in prison.
Why the secrecy?
Why the secrecy about the illegal alien driver?
Beats me, maybe a Dreamer on the meth distribution run of the day.
We had a flagger killed outside of our town by a drunk driver. He’s been charged with manslaughter, dwi, reckless endangerment, failure to perform duties of a driver and anything else they could think of.
Sympathy for the family, but had it been an ordinary citizen who was killed by an illegal alien, there would be very little about it.
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