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Death by motor vehicle charge filed in utility worker's death

Death by motor vehicle charge filed in utility worker's death

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A Walnut Cove woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle charge and a traffic violation after a crash that killed a traffic-control employee Aug. 6 on Old Walkertown Road, authorities said Wednesday.

Paris Anjuli Pinnix, 33, is accused of unintentionally causing the death of Austin Reid Arrington, 23, of Belews Creek, according to Winston-Salem police, a police accident report and an arrest warrant.

Pinnix was driving an SUV in the 5200 block of Old Walkertown Road and failed to reduce her speed to avoid hitting Arrington, the warrant said. Pinnix is accused of failing to stop for a stop sign that Arrington was holding on the road, police said.

Her SUV then struck Arrington, causing him to sustain serious injuries, police said. Arrington later died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, police said.

Pinnix told police that she didn't see Arrington, who wore reflective clothing, until her vehicle hit him, according to the accident report. At that time, Pinnix's vehicle was traveling at 50 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Pinnix was released from custody after a Forsyth County magistrate gave her an unsecured bond of $5,000, police said.

Pinnix is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 2.

The N.C. Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the circumstances that led to Arrington's death, said Dolores Quesenberry, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Labor. The investigation will take three to four months, she said.

Investigators will seek to determine several factors, including the cause of the incident and whether a violation of OSH safety or health standards occurred, Quesenberry said.

After Arrington's death, the division began an investigation with Ansco & Associates LLC of Winston-Salem, Quesenberry said.

Arrington worked for that company as a traffic control employee, said Pat Ivey, an engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation. In early August, Ansco & Associates was moving a utility line as part of the work on the eastern leg of the Northern Beltway, Ivey said.

Ansco & Associates is part of the industry of power line and telecommunications infrastructure construction contractors.

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