Construction worker killed in accident in South Lyon

Posted at 11:03 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 17:25:06-04

South Lyon police say a construction worker was killed in a crash on Wednesday morning.

According to police, the accident happened at Pontiac Trail at 11 Mile. At the time, crews were redoing the asphalt along Pontiac Trail between 11 Mile and Silver Lake Rd.

Emmanuel Gonzalez-Garcia, a 20-year-old Detroit man, was accidentally run over by a semi-truck as it was backing up to deliver asphalt.

Police say the driver did not see the victim as he was backing. He was given a drug test as part of protocol. Police say the driver was distraught and had been driving for 40 years, never having a problem in the past.

The South Lyon Fire Department and first responders arrived and gave Gonzalez-Garcia medical attention, but were unable to save him.

Police say Gonzalez-Garcia was wearing a bluetooth communications device and may not have heard the truck backing up.

He worked for Ajax, who released the following statement in relation to the incident:

We are saddened to confirm that an Ajax employee was fatally injured this morning. We are at this time investigating the facts surrounding the incident. Our most heartfelt sympathies are with the immediate family and friends as well as the Ajax family of employees