HENRY COUNTY, Ind. –A Henry County highway worker is in the hospital fighting for his life. Robert Tyler, 53, is in a coma after a driver hit him while he was working in a construction zone.
“Someone coming through too fast,” said Michelle Keck, Tyler’s fiancée.
Investigators say Tyler wasn’t even in the road at the time of the accident. He was supposedly standing on the shoulder. The driver hit Tyler from behind. There's no word on how fast she was going, but she reportedly told deputies there was a "severe glare" on her windshield.
“People have got to slow down and pay attention in these work zones. These guys are trying to do their jobs and there are speed limits through those work zones for a reason,” said Keck.
Tyler has a brain injury and several fractures.
“Just seeing him open his eyes, if I’m talking to him and he follows me for the least little bit, where my voice is at, it means a lot. Little things keep you going."
Tyler has four grown children, seven grandchildren, and two more on the way. The couple had just purchased a home not too long ago and fulfilled a dream of buying a horse.
“His name is Blaze,” Keck said.
The couple planned to get married this fall. It’s another dream this fiancée is holding out hope for.
“We definitely have a lot of faith in God and believe he hears us.”
It’s not clear yet whether the driver will face any charges. The accident is still under investigation.