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HERO worker dies six months after Downtown Connector accident

More than six months after a suspected drunken driver hit and critically injured a Georgia HERO worker on the Downtown Connector, that operator has died, officials said Tuesday.

Moses King, 44, of Rockmart, became a HERO operator after finishing training Jan. 22.

“Although he was considered a ‘rookie,’” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said in a statement, “he exhibited the aptitude, responsibility and the professionalism to be placed on the weekend, overnight ‘Delta’ shift.”

On Aug. 1, King was setting flares to block two lanes of traffic near 17th Street on the Connector because of another accident when Lindsay Clark’s 2006 Mazda skidded into him and hit another vehicle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

King was taken to the hospital with critical brain injuries. Details about his death were not released.

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“We extend our deepest condolences to the King family,” McMurry said. “King was an exemplary GDOT employee in his professional life and a kind and giving human being in his personal life.”

Police arrested Clark, 25, on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle.

She is out on bond until her trial, which is scheduled to begin in August.

It was not immediately clear if King’s death would prompt new charges against Clark.

“APD will not comment on charges until the Medical Examiner rule on the cause of death,” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard told The AJC.

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