Kent Co. Road Commission employee involved in fatal construction accident

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kent County Road Commission employee was killed Monday morning in what the Kent County Sheriff's Depeartment termed a construction accident.

It happened at around 8:00 a.m., in the 6100 block of Alaska Avenue, in Caledonia Township.

The roadway was under construction for a total resurface, being done by the Kent County Road Commission.

Just after 8:00 a.m., deputies were notified of an accident on the site, and responded, along with Caledonia Fire Rescue and paramedics from Life Ambulance.

In the course of their investigation, deputies determined that a motor grader being driven by a Kent County Road Commission employee struck another construction worker.

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Timothy Eugene Dougherty.

The Kent County Road Commission Managing Director Steve Warren issued the following statement:

"First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tim Dougherty, a highly valued and long-term employee of the Kent County Road Commission; he will be greatly missed by us all. We are cooperating with MIOSHA and the Kent County Sheriff's Department as investigations are being conducted to analyze the circumstances around this extremely unfortunate incident."