FOUNTAIN, Fla. - Bay County employees are mourning the loss of one of their own. Thursday morning a long-time roads and bridges employee was killed in an accident while working in Fountain.
"We're calling in some grief counselors right now to assist those employees that are so stricken by this and it's a sad day in Bay County. It truly is," said Guy Tunnell, Bay County Commissioner.
The incident happened on 4th Street and April Avenue shortly before 8:30 Thursday morning.
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say Richard Douglas Robinson, 59, who was working as a flag person, was walking on 4th Street when he was struck by a dump truck that was backing up.
Robinson was rushed to Bay Medical Sacred Heart, but died from his injuries
Tunnell said Robinson worked for the county for 34 years.
"Our hearts and thoughts certainly go out to the family and his fellow workers. We're a very close-knit county government. He worked side-by-side with people for so many years and him having worked here for so long certainly has a number of friends and co-workers that really are really," shaken by all this added Tunnell.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a fatal wreck in Fountain.
The incident happened on 4th Street and April Avenue shortly before 8:30 a.m. and involved a Bay County Roads and Bridges employee.
Richard Douglas Robinson, 59, of Panama City, who was working as a flag person, was walking on Fourth Street when he was struck by a dump truck that was backing up, troopers wrote in a news release. Troopers added that Robert Lewis Ware, 42, of Panama City, did not see Robinson as he backed up the dump truck and ultimately ran over him.
Robinson was rushed to a local hospital but died from his injuries, officials wrote.
County officials issued a statement about the incident calling it a "tragic worksite accident."
"The Bay County Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the employee," the statement reads. "Our prayers go out to the family and, while the accident is still under investigation, the needs of the employee’s family and our workers is our primary focus at this time. We will provide grief counseling to Bay County employees affected by this incident."
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