Investigation continues in death of Caltrans worker

The investigation continues into the death of a Caltrans worker who was struck Thursday by a panel truck on southbound Highway 99 in Lodi. Donald Lichliter of Modesto and another worker were spraying trees along the highway with fertilizer; their truck was parked on the shoulder.

A truck from Glassfab Tempering Services of Tracy struck Lichliter, the California Highway Patrol reported. He was dead when the CHP arrived, said officer Sid Miller.

The driver of the truck, Keith Fletcher, 45, of Stockton, remained on the scene and spoke with investigators. No arrests have been made.

Lichliter was a 27-year Caltrans employee based in the Lodi office. He was the first Caltrans employee to die on the job this year. In 2008, there was one death of a Caltrans employee, and in 2007 there were three.