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Construction worker killed by drunk driver in hit-and-run on I-75 in Hillsborough County

A construction worker was hit and killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run on I-75 in Hillsborough County overnight, Florida Highway Patrol says.Authorities say Michael Jerome Forbes Jr. was driving with a blood alcohol content of .151, nearly twice the legal limit.According to FHP, Forbes was traveling northbound on I-75 near the 236 milepost in southern Hillsborough County, an active construction zone.Two of the inside lanes were closed to traffic, but he entered the closed lanes and struck a construction worker associated with McShea Contracting. That person died at the scene.After the crash, Fores continued northbound on I-75 for a quarter mile before stopping in the medianand running into the woods, authorities say.Following a search of the area, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office found him and he was later arrested and charged with DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Crash.The northbound lanes of I-75 have been shut down most of the morning and remain closed at this time. Alternate routes for bypassing the traffic include over the Skyway and through St. Pete or taking I-275 NB to Sun City Blvd.

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