Police have released more details after a 29-year-old man was killed last week after being struck by a car while installing a traffic control device.
Matthew M. Paulson, 29, of Barrington, died of multiple traumatic injuries after being hit by a car in Park City, the Lake County Coroner’s Office said. Park City police said that the crash happened around 11 a.m. on Thursday last week.
Paulson was killed after being struck by a car driven by a 28-year-old man who was driving south on Greenleaf Street near Lake Park Avenue. Officials said that the car left the road and veered onto the shoulder before then flipping over onto its roof.
Paulson was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was treated and released.
ABC7 News reported that Paulson was killed by a “distracted driver” while he was installing a traffic control device. Park City police said it is unclear why the driver left the roadway and that they found no indication he was impaired by drugs or alcohol. No charges have been filed yet.
Paulson’s family said that he worked as a union electrician for Home Towne Electric in Lake Villa. He became a journeyman electrician recently and had worked as a foreman since 2014. His family also said that he was studying to become a state certified electrician.
“Everyone who ever met Matt would say that he had a way of turning the room around. If anyone was ever in a bad mood, he could turn it on a dime. His smile was contagious. He had a real hearty laugh,” his sister Amanda Paulson told the Daily Herald.
A visitation is being held on Friday at Justen Funeral Home in McHenry from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are being held at the funeral home beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday.