Gwinnett County employee killed in hit and run crash

A Gwinnett County water department employee was killed Thursday during a hit and run incident while he was directing traffic, Gwinnett County police officials say.

The crash occurred at at Oak Grove Road and Henderson Lake Drive.

Constantin George Bolof, a Gwinnett County Water Resource employee and Auburn resident, was directing vehicles around an active construction site when he was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Thomas Allen Burke.

Burke is being charged with Homicide by Vehicle in the 1st Degree, Hit and Run, Driving while Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Reckless Driving.

“The Gwinnett Police department would like to extend its condolence to his family, friends and coworkers at Water Resources,” said police department spokesman Hideshi Valle.

“Our hearts are heavy,” said County Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson. “The Bolof family has lost a loved one, our Department of Water Resources has lost a faithful colleague and the Gwinnett County family has lost a valued team member. We are praying for resolve and comfort at this time.”

Bolof worked as a Trades Associate in Field Operations since 2000 and was known for his cheerful disposition around the DWR office.

“When our Gwinnett County family members come to work every day to serve the community, they expect to go home at the end of the day. There are no words to express the hurt I feel for the Bolof family,” said County Administrator Glenn Stephens. “I know your prayers, as well as mine, are for peace and strength for George’s family today and every day.”

Bolof was set to retire in nine months.

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