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Victim identified in fatal Avon construction accident

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    Avon Police and fire officials investigate at the scene of an accident that killed a construction worker on Jaycox Road in Avon.

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AVON – The construction worker killed after being struck by a dump truck in a construction zone Monday was an Avon resident and father of three, police said.

Joseph R. Kelly, 36, of Avon, was pronounced dead at the scene after a truck he was directing somehow struck him, police said. The driver of the truck was Lawrence L. Lanenga, 56, of North Ridgeville.

Both men worked for KMU Trucking Inc.

The company was doing work at Jaycox Road, just north of Middleton Avenue to widen and resurface Jaycox Road from Detroit to Chester, including improvements to the intersection of Middleton Avenue and Jaycox when the accident occurred.

Police would not say whether any charges would be issues but there is an open investigation into the accident.

Kelly’s family issued a statement through the police thanking the community for their support and asking for privacy and prayers.

“We are in an unimaginable amount of grief and shock as we mourn the loss of an amazing father of three, husband, son, brother, nephew, uncle and friend to many,” the statement said. “We ask for your prayers and strength to cope with this tragedy.”

Lorie Urig, vice president of KMU Trucking, also issued a statement Tuesday.

“We tragically lost a member of our KMU family yesterday,” she wrote in an email. “Joe was an operator who worked for KMU Trucking & Excavating just under a year. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and coworkers who could not have been prepared for this sudden loss.”

Urig said a memorial account was set up in Kelly’s name at FirstMerit bank and anyone who wants to can contribute at any FirstMerit location.

Taylar Comerford, on behalf of Kelly’s wife, Vanessa, also set up a memorial fund for the family.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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