Road Worker Killed On I-24 East Identified

Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 15:30:17-04

A highway worker with Superior Traffic Control was hit and killed on Interstate 24 East in Rutherford County.

The incident was reported at 5:18 p.m. Thursday at mile marker 84 for Joe B. Jackson Parkway.

Reports stated a driver, later identified as 65-year-old Roxan Evelyn Brown, of Buford, Georgia, didn't notice the traffic ahead of her beginning to back up, so in an effort to avoid the vehicle in front of her, she swerved into the median, hitting the man instead. Brown was driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris.

The worker was identified by officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Friday as 31-year-old John M. Gray, III of Millington. He was installing construction signs in the center median when Brown's car hit him before also crashing into an unoccupied Ford F350 parked in the median.

Criminal charges have been pending.

The interstate was narrowed to one lane while police investigated. Eastbound traffic was diverted to alternate routes.

Further details had not been released as the investigation remained ongoing.