Road worker hit by vehicle; Indianapolis man sustained several injuries in collision

A construction worker suffered a broken leg and a head injury after being struck and injured by a car in Greenwood.

Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to Smith Valley Road, east of State Road 135, where a vehicle had struck a worker.

The driver of the vehicle, Martin A. Willis, 34, of Indianapolis, told police he was looking at his phone to find an address and looked back up right before striking the pedestrian, Brian Paul, 18, of Cloverdale, according to the accident report.

Paul was wearing a reflective vest and was working on repairs to the road. Multiple cones had been placed in the road to direct traffic away from the workers’ vehicle, parked on the side of the road, the report said.

Paul told police he did not remember what happened and last remembered working on the road, the report said. He was taken to an area hospital and treated for a broken leg, concussion and received stitches in his head, the report said.

Willis told police his license had been suspended at one point, but didn’t think it still was. Police told Willis his license was still suspended, the report said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.