Freak accident kills construction worker in Great Falls

Fairfax County police say the death of a worker Thursday morning on a construction site in Great Falls appears accidental and no one is expected to face criminal charges.

Crash investigators report that 50-year old Pedro Banegas of Sterling was working on mechanical issues at the front of a 1994 Mack dump truck. A 63-year-old man entered the truck without realizing that it was being worked on. He moved the truck a short distance forward, hitting Benegas. Banegas was pronounced dead at the scene, in the 10500  block of Georgetown Pike.

Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit say neither speed nor alcohol appear to be contributing factors to the incident and no charges are expected to be placed in this case

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