Construction worker hit by suspected DUI driver in Colorado Springs

The worker was on the job at the time of the accident.
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 7:31 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A construction worker now has serious, life threatening injuries after a suspected DUI driver hit her on the job.

CSPD says Friday afternoon at 12:34 p.m., the dispatch center was notified of an auto-ped accident at E. Moreno Ave and S. Tejon St. Crews on scene learned the driver of a sedan hit a road construction worker on the job. The female construction worker was wearing reflective clothing at the time of the accident.

Officers identified the driver as 36-year-old Andrea Selanders. Police say she was placed into custody for DUI and other offenses.

Family members identified the victim as Debbie Bentzler. Her daughter, JoMarie told 11 NEWS this isn’t the first time she has been hit while on the job, which makes the situation that much more frustrating.

“I think that’s one of the things I’m the most upset about, because this is not the first incident and you know, there are other people that she’s worked with that have been you’re injured and people just don’t pay attention,” Bentzler explained. “They don’t care. They don’t see that there’s a person under the hard helmet has a family too. '

She hopes others can learn from the situation.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re five minutes late to get your nails done or your hair or your restaurant or your job. I don’t care. You can wait a little bit and take a little bit of time and caution. Just because you think 35 isn’t that fast, that doesn’t mean 35 into a human being isn’t.”

Bentzler was taken local hospital with serious, life threatening injuries. This is an ongoing investigation, check back for updates.

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