Construction worker dead, three others injured after being hit by drunk driver near Concord Mills Mall

Construction worker dead, three others injured after being hit by drunk driver near Concord Mills Mall
A pedestrian was killed and three other pedestrians are critically injured after a crash on Concord Mills Boulevard early Saturday morning. (Source: WBTV)

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - Concord Police are investigating a crash that left one dead and three others seriously hurt.

At 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Concord Police responded to the scene of a fatal vehicle crash involving four road construction crewmen with Cruz Brothers Concrete.

The incident occurred on Concord Mills Boulevard near Entry A to the Concord Mills Mall.

Police say a 2013 Dodge Dart traveling eastbound on Concord Mills Boulevard drove into an area where a road improvement project was underway.

The area where the road work was being conducted was appropriately marked and adequate lighting was in place to designate the work zone.

“It’s extremely busy. Pretty much dangerous out on these roads. If you’re walking down the street it’s very congested,” said Hollingsworth, a shopper at Concord Mills.

The driver of the vehicle, Danyel McKenzie Middleton, 21, struck the four members of the road crew working inside the work zone according to Concord Police.

As a result of the crash, one crew member was pronounced deceased on the scene and the other three were transported to be treated for their injuries.

The deceased has been identified as Socorro Maya Martinez, 50, of Graham, NC.

Police say Middleton’s blood-alcohol levels were above the legal limit.

Middleton is charged with felony death by motor vehicle. She was transferred to the custody of the Cabarrus County Jail where she is being held on a $1,000,000 secured bond.

Danyel Middleton
Danyel Middleton (Source: Concord Police)

Entry 2 eastbound was blocked and the westbound travel lanes were reduced to just two lanes Saturday morning.

“So many more buildings, so many more everything. Everywhere you go it’s new developments,” said Ruff, a lifelong resident of the Concord area.

All lanes re-opened around 5:30 a.m.

Investigators are currently conducting interviews and reviewing the evidence associated with this fatal traffic crash.

Investigation is on-going at this time.

Cruz Brothers Concrete, Inc. referred to Martinez as a friend, employee and colleague. Martinez’ funeral services will be held at Rich and Thompson Funeral Service & Crematory on E. Elm Street in Graham, N.C., according to Cruz Brothers.

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