A construction worker from Kissimmee died Nov. 8 when a portion of the unfinished roof collapsed at a Dollar General store being built in Orange City.

Orange City police said Fredys Montejopolo, 67, was working on the ground level inside the structure at 1550 S. Volusia Ave. about 1:30 p,m., along with his brother, Guillermo Montejo, 57, when the roof suddenly began to fall.

Montejopolo was trapped and pinned under the debris. At the moment of the roof’s fall, witnesses said, Montejopolo had been handing pieces of lumber to his younger brother, who was working above him.

A construction supervisor, Jimmy Gonzalez, 50, of Orlando, told police Montejopolo attempted to get away from the falling debris, but was crushed by the material that fell on him.

Montejo fell due to the collapsing lumber, and suffered a leg injury. Montejo was treated at Advent Health Fish Memorial in Orange City, and officers went there to interview him about what happened.

Police interviewed four other witnesses and took their statements. The Orange City Fire Department was called to remove the material that had pinned Montejopolo, and the medical examiner was called and took custody of his body, according to the police report.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also contacted, and is investigating the fatal accident, police said.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON
UNDER CONSTRUCTION — The construction site at 1550 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City is quiet Friday evening. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident that killed one worker and injured another here Nov. 8.

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Born in Virginia, Al spent his youth in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, and first moved to DeLand in 1969. He graduated from Stetson University in 1971, and returned to West Volusia in 1985. Al began working for The Beacon as a stringer in 1999, contributing articles on county and municipal government and, when he left his job as the one-man news department at Radio Station WXVQ, began working at The Beacon full time.

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