INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2015)– A grand jury issued an indictment Thursday in a fatal I-69 workzone crash that occurred in May 2014.
Jordan Stafford is accused of hitting and killing Kenneth Duerson Jr., 49, Indianapolis, and Coty Demoss, 24, Noblesville. Stafford now faces two counts each of reckless operation in a highway work zone and failure to obey traffic control device or flagman.
Duerson and Demoss were finishing up their work when they were hit on I-69 southbound between 82nd and 96th Streets. INDOT said the workers were contractors with Rieth-Riley, the company working with INDOT on the project. The men were scheduled to wrap up at 6 a.m.; the crash happened around 5:45 a.m.
Stafford’s mother, Marcie Stafford, says she recently lost a son and knows the pain of having to bury a child. However, she disagrees with the indictment.
“By taking Jordan away, this will not bring their child back. I know how they feel,” said Marcie.
Marcie says Rieth-Riley, the construction company that both men worked for at the time is partially to blame.
“Rieth-Riley was at fault. There is no doubt they did not provide the safety to their workers!” said Marcie.
Police said Stafford was going southbound on I-69 while the construction crew was picking up orange cones along the side of the road. The area was marked with an arrow board.
Stafford was arrested after the crash but not formally charged until now. His initial hearing is expected to be set next week.