Flagger dies 5 months after being hit by distracted driver

Cody and Tina Meyer. Photo courtesy of Meyer family.

SEATTLE -- A flagger who was hit by a distracted driver last year while in a work zone has died from his injuries.

Cody Meyer, 23, died Tuesday at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett after suffering cardiac arrest.

"I'm always grateful for every second we had with him," said Cody's Mom Tina Meyer, who spent the last five months at her son's bedside during his recovery. "He and I were very, very close."

Meyer was flagging traffic in a work zone on Cedar Grove Road near Issaquah in December 2015 when a Jeep hit him.

Investigators said the driver, Andrew Richwine, admitted he was checking for messages and calls on his phone when the accident happened.

"When they're taken from you at the hands of another it's just wrong. It's not fair. It's not fair to have somebody rip your child from you," said Meyer.

Meyer now plans to spend her time fighting for stricter laws on distracted driving.

"People just have to be so aware of these people that are on the side of the road and they're doing things for them," said Meyer. "If you can't control the urge to look at that phone my advice to people is put it in the trunk."

Richwine, whose baby was in the backseat of his vehicle during the accident, is now facing a vehicular homicide charge. He's expected in court for arraignment on June 1.

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