Construction worker killed in hit-and-run accident leaves grieving family

Construction Angels, a nonprofit organization, is providing assistance to the family of a man who tragically lost his life after being hit by a car in West Palm Beach. The victim, Louis Vixon, 67, was from Miami. In an interview with WPTV reporter Joel Lopez, Kristi Ronyak, the founder of Construction Angels, was asked about the family’s well-being. Ronyak expressed that the family is going through the natural grieving process, but it is undoubtedly challenging for them as they continue to await their loved one’s return, only to be met with silence.

The incident occurred on December 21 when Vixon was working on resurfacing the roadway at Congress Avenue and Executive Center Drive. According to West Palm Beach police spokesman Mike Jachles, a car entered the construction zone and struck Vixon. Sadly, Vixon passed away on December 26. Construction Angels has been providing support to countless families who have lost loved ones in construction-related accidents. Ronyak emphasized the difficulty of losing someone during the holiday season and expressed the organization’s commitment to thinking of and supporting these families during such a challenging time.

Ronyak, who grew up in the industry, recognized the need for support and founded Construction Angels thirteen years ago. Since then, the organization has expanded its reach to twenty-six states. In an effort to shed light on the incident, the West Palm Beach Police Department released surveillance footage capturing the moment of impact. The car involved in the hit-and-run incident was caught on camera. Jachles stated that the car should have visible damage due to the high rate of speed at which it struck Vixon. Although the video quality is not ideal, investigators are diligently examining the footage to enhance it and potentially identify the suspect’s vehicle.

It is disheartening to note that an average of three-and-a-half construction workers lose their lives each day in the United States, according to Ronyak. She highlighted the preventability of these accidents and urged drivers to slow down and exercise caution when driving through work zones. Construction Angels offers various forms of assistance to affected families, including scholarships, grief counseling, and financial support. Ronyak emphasized that the families have discretion in determining how to utilize the financial aid, whether it be for tying up loose ends, covering medical bills, or contributing to funeral expenses.

WPTV had the opportunity to speak with Vixon’s daughter, who, although not ready to appear on camera, shared photos of her late father. Vixon is survived by his wife, a 20-year-old daughter, and an 18-year-old son. The police are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and report it anonymously to Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers. A reward of $3,000 is being offered for valuable tips that could assist in resolving the case.

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