Kane County worker fatally struck by pickup

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A Kane County Department of Transportation worker was struck and killed by a pickup truck Thursday morning while filling potholes in the western suburbs.

A two-man KCDOT crew was filling potholes with asphalt at 10:41 a.m. in a Ford F350 truck pulling a commercial “hot box” asphalt trailer was northbound on Harter Road near Lasher Road in Blackberry Township, according to a statement from the Kane County sheriff’s office. The truck was stopped while one of the workers was outside filling a pothole.

A second vehicle, a 1999 Ford F250, was also northbound on Harter and failed to slow down before it struck the worker and the KCDOT vehicle from behind, police said.

The worker, 44-year-old Steven W. Chidester of Cortland, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

The other KCDOT worker and the driver of the F250, a 25-year-old Kaneville man, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

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