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Local construction worker killed in I-75 crash near Detroit

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David Snell (right) and his son David Snell II (left) (Courtesy photo) David Snell (right) and his son David Snell II (left) (Courtesy photo)
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A road construction worker was killed and another suffered minor injuries after being struck by a suspected drunken driver on I-75 in downtown Detroit.

Michigan State Police confirm the victim is from Mid-Michigan.

Michigan State Police said the crash happened when an SUV went into an active construction zone and hit two workers. One worker, now identified as David Snell, 57, from Bay City, was killed and the other suffered minor injuries.

The highway's northbound lanes were closed early Thursday while police investigated the crash.

Police said the driver was taken into custody at the scene and was being investigated for possible drunken driving.

“This crash would not have happened if you take the drunk from behind the wheel and she took a taxi, Uber or had a designated driver. One family loses a loved one to a drunk driver and another family may lose the driver to a long prison sentence. Please, do not drink and drive,” MSP wrote on Twitter.

Police said the workers were not MDOT or Wayne County employees, but employed by a contracted private company.

Additional traffic barriers were being installed Thursday at the construction site.

"I saw him over the weekend and I told him I loved him and I was really excited to see him this weekend," said David Snell II, the victim's son.

The senior Snell worked as a hydro-demolitionist for 38 years.

"He loved his job," his son said.

He and his brother, TJ Rancour, found out about their father's death Thursday morning.

"Why get behind the wheel like that? You hear stories, but you never think it's gonna be your family that's affected and this case it was," Snell said.

The horror and grief for the family is still sinking in as they reflect on the man they lost.

"He was naturally a teacher. He loved to teach," Rancour said.

"He always had a smile on his face. It didn't matter what was going on. He was always trying to make sure that we were all happy and whatever he could do for us he would. An outstanding person. And I'm honored to call him dad," Snell said.

The brothers want their grief to serve as a reminder to think twice before getting behind the wheel drunk.

"I hate to be so simple about it, but just don't do it. Just don't. If you're drunk, call an Uber, call a taxi. The price of the services are so tiny compared to the price that was paid this morning," Snell said.

The family said the funeral will be Monday at Penzien and Steele Funeral Homes in Bay City.

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