The CHP investigation found that Masellis was driving the
Atchinson, 58, was making sure that survey markers were properly installed after a contractor had repaved the county road. The technician had exposed the monument well on the westbound lane and removed dirt from a well in the eastbound lane, the report says.
A CHP officer who responded to the accident noted there were no cones on the road west of the collision scene to alert traffic of roadwork. That factor contributed to the accident, the report says. There were three cones on the north and south shoulders of Claribel, east of the collision scene.
Additional cones, a warning sign and reflector vest in the county worker's truck were not in use, the report says.
County Public Works Director
Machado said a picture taken of the cones, east of the collision scene, shows one was on its side. A Public Works employee getting ready for road work has no reason to place cones on both sides of the road, Machado said.
Atchinson was wearing bright clothes and a hard hat and should have been visible to motorists, the director said. "I would say Scotty had cones in the proper place," Machado said. "He was wearing the proper clothing. He had protected himself and the public the best that he could."
Masellis was driving at an undetermined speed. He told the CHP that he saw something on the road but did not realize it was a person in time to avoid the accident. Although he applied the brakes, it was too late for Masellis or Atchinson to take evasive action. Atchinson died at the scene.
Masellis did not return phone messages from
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