Killed highway worker always wore safety vest, mother says

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 02:00:32-04

A 22-year-old highway worker killed by a motorist Monday "knew how to stay safe on the job," according to his mother.

Jarvis Crenshaw, 22, had worked for a barricade company for about 18 months. He was hit by a car while removing barriers on Loop 101 in Scottsdale early Monday morning. He later died of his injuries.

"He was a kind-hearted young man," Crenshaw's mom, Michelle Bell, told ABC15. "When he had time off, he would spend it with his family."

Crenshaw is the second worker to be killed recently on an Arizona highway. A tow truck driver died after a hit-and-run crash near Benson earlier this month.

In the Loop 101 crash, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said the driver remained at the scene. The investigation is still underway.

In the wake of the deaths, DPS used electronic road signs to warn highway motorists to be alert in construction zones.

"He [Crenshaw] always wore his safety vest," Bell said. She also said that her son told her "drivers would be rude" and curse at him for delaying traffic.