Man Kills 2 DOT Workers, Sues Contractor

July 15, 2016



Last Wednesday a jury in Marion County, Indiana found 22-year old Jordan D. Stafford of Fortville, Indiana, guilty in the deaths of two road construction workers in May 9, 2014. 

Stafford's truck slammed into a directional arrow board on I-69 during the morning commute and killed construction workers Coty DeMoss, 24, Noblesville, and Kenneth Duerson Jr., 49, Indianapolis.

Prosecutor Matthew Bigler said Stafford was driving in excess of 70 mph in the construction zone.  

Stafford was convicted of two counts of reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway work zone and two counts of failure to obey a traffic control device or flagman in a highway work zone. He has not yet been sentenced but could face up to years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the day after being found guilty for killing two men, Stafford went back to court to file his own civil lawsuit saying that contractor Rieth-Riley was negligent because their large directional arrow board was obstructing Stafford's driving lane.

Stafford's lawsuit claims that due to Rieth-Riley's negligence, Stafford suffered injury and damages. The poor guy whines that he suffered pain, metal anguish, has medical expenses, and lost income and earning capacity.

Court records say that at the time of the accident, Stafford was on probation for earlier drug-related felony convictions including operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 2011.