BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Benton Township supervisor was killed when he was hit by a semi-truck tire along I-94 near Benton Harbor Wednesday morning.
It happened around 7:15 a.m. near Main Street. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office said a semi hauling cars lost two of its tires. One of them hit a Michigan Department of Transportation worker who was on the side of the highway.
The worker, 48-year-old Kevin White of Benton Township, was rushed to the hospital, where he died. He leaves behind a wife and daughter.
White was also the Benton Township supervisor. He was elected to the post in 2016. Before that, he was a township trustee.
MDOT says White had worked there for nine years. He is the first department employee to be killed on the job since 2008, though contracted employee Barry Hause was killed near Portland last month.
The semi-truck belonged to Alto-based SLT Logistics. Authorities said the driver, a 29-year-old from Wyoming, was cooperating with their investigation.
Authorities say neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been involved.