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Funeral Wednesday for Caltrans worker killed on the job

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BONITA (CNS) - Family and friends of a 52-year-old Caltrans road worker killed in an on-the-job traffic accident on a Mount Hope-area freeway ramp last week will gather Wednesday to mourn his death and share their memories of him.

Funeral services for Richard Gonzalez of San Ysidro will take place early Wednesday evening at a memorial park in Bonita.

The three-year Caltrans employee was hit by a white 1990 Cadillac de Ville while walking across the northbound Interstate 15 connector to eastbound State Route 94 on the morning of June 20. Gonzalez died at the scene, survived by a wife and two sons, ages 12 and 22.

California Highway Patrol officers took the driver of the Cadillac into custody for a drug and alcohol screening. The 27-year-old San Diego man was released pending further investigation after the test determined that he was sober when Gonzalez was hit.

Following the accident -- the third to take the life of an on-duty Caltrans road worker in less than two months -- the state agency announced an indefinite statewide suspension of its regularly scheduled highway maintenance tasks so it could "revisit and reinforce all aspects of field safety."

On May 4, a trolley hit and killed 64-year-old Stephen Palmer of Jamul, a landscaper with Caltrans as he was working in National City. On June 7, Caltrans employee Jaime Obeso, 53, of Imperial was fatally struck by a car at a work site alongside Interstate 8 in the El Centro area.

Since the 1920s, on-the-job accidents have claimed the lives of 178 Caltrans employees.

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