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Caltrans worker hit by suspected drunk driver in Riverside

January 15, 2013 | 11:26 am

A 37-year-old Caltrans subcontractor was seriously injured when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver while setting out traffic cones on a 91 Freeway offramp in Riverside, authorities said Tuesday.

Jesse Silva, of Azusa, was working at the 14th Street offramp about 9:30 p.m. Monday when a 1996 Honda Accord veered onto the right shoulder of the westbound side of the freeway and struck him, the California Highway Patrol reported. As Silva's co-workers called police, the vehicle drove away.

Riverside police found an Accord matching the description of the suspect vehicle on Central Avenue, CHP reported. Officers made contact with the driver and notified CHP.

The suspect, identified as Enrique Lopez, 32, of Moreno Valley, was arrested on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence, CHP said.

Silva was taken to an area hospital with "major injuries," the CHP said. His condition was not immediately known Tuesday. The investigation was ongoing.

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