Aleysius Peoples, 24, of
Others named as defendants are
The plaintiff's attorney,
According to a report by the
A 2014 Kia driven by Peoples struck Smith, rear-ended a sports utility vehicle, pushed an ALDOT trailer into a second ALDOT worker and hit a state vehicle, according to the crash report.
At the time of the crash,
The chain of events started when Peoples rear-ended a 2000 Chevy driven by Moore, according to the report. Both drivers were treated at
"I saw a car coming up behind me with no time to react," Moore told state troopers at the time. "I got hit and spun around."
After rear-ending the Chevy, Peoples veered off the right side of the interstate, striking a trailer attached to the back of an ALDOT truck, according to the report. ALDOT worker
Peoples continued north and struck Smith, who was standing on the left side of the ALDOT truck, according to the report. The Kia then struck the right side of the ALDOT truck before spinning counter-clockwise and facing south in the right lane, troopers said.
Peoples told troopers, "I don't know who, but someone cut me off," according to the report.
Moore's vehicle was forced onto the left side of the interstate after impact, striking a cable barrier twice. The vehicle spun counter-clockwise before coming to rest in the right lane facing south, the report shows.
The report estimates Peoples' speed was 50 mph in the 70 mph zone, while Moore was traveling 40 mph.
"My understanding is that in this case, everything was set up properly at the work zone and proper procedures were followed with regards to arrangements of traffic control," he said. "It was a tragedy for the entire ALDOT family and the Jacob Smith family."
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