California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Wednesday, May 11, 2010

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Remembers Fallen Workers

SAN DIEGO – Employees from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) gathered today to commemorate the California Highway Workers' Memorial Day. Caltrans paid tribute to the 174 men and women who have been killed in the line of duty since 1924. 

The names of the fallen co-workers were read and honored with a moment of silence. A memorial display made up of 174 orange highway cones signified each of the Caltrans workers killed statewide. 

Sadly, this year’s tribute included two additional cone representing the most recent loss to the Caltrans Family –  Donald Mark Lichliter Caltrans Tree Maintenance Leadworker (District 10) was struck and killed on July 23, 2009 by a motorist as he was working next to his vehicle and Deborah Ross - Caltrans Toll Collector, was shot to death as she worked at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on August 1, 2009.

“Our purpose today is to remember and honor the Caltrans workers who have laid down their lives building and maintaining our highways here in California,” said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.  “The choices that motorists make can determine whether or not our highway workers get home safely to their families.  We ask that motorists slow down, pay attention, and if possible, move over as they approach the cone zone.”

For more information, visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist11.

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