Interstate 75 worker struck, killed in Sarasota

An interstate maintenance company worker was struck and killed Wednesday night while he was placing traffic cones in response to an earlier crash on southbound Interstate 75 in Sarasota, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Steven Arthur Morgan, 53, of Port Charlotte, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morgan was struck around 6:40 p.m. by a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by an 18-year-old Sarasota man, according to a report.

Near mile marker 210, the driver applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid traffic, but lost control. The vehicle began to rotate counterclockwise as it traveled southeast across the left southbound lane of I-75. The right side of the vehicle struck Morgan, the report states.

The vehicle continued southeast, entering the grassy median and striking a guard cable. The vehicle overturned, ejecting the passenger, and came to final rest upright.

The passenger, a 19-year-old Sarasota man, was flown to Blake Medical Center by Bayflite for treatment of serious injuries.

There was no word Saturday on his condition.