Kenneth Gonzalez, 53, of Canton, was in Cobb County waiting to be transferred to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.
Gonzalez is accused of hitting Edwin Goodwin, a construction worker for Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Constructing Co., in a construction zone on the southbound side of the interstate between the new Ridgewalk Parkway interchange and Towne Lake Parkway around 9:30 a.m. last Friday.
C.W. Matthews is performing the work on the new interchange, which is slated to open later this year.
Goodwin was listed in stable condition at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, said spokesman Keith Bowermaster.
Spokeswoman Brittany Duncan said Woodstock Police have now charged Gonzalez with reckless driving, aggravated battery, failure to report accident with injuries, failure to report accident with property damage, hit and run and failure to maintain lane.
Gonzalez was arrested by Cobb County Police on Friday on charges of driving under the influence and improper lane change.
Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said Gonzalez first hit construction barrels before careening through them and side-swiped a tractor-trailer truck that was “clearly in a marked off construction area.”
Goodwin was standing near the tractor-trailer when he was hit.
The accident isn’t the latest run-in Gonzalez has had with the law.
In April, he was arrested by the Canton Police Department for DUI, following too closely and having an open container.
Mohamed Arafa, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said his agency “has been engaged in steady public awareness efforts for educating workers and the traveling public on work zone safety.”
Every year in April, GDOT participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week in which it has events and activities to draw attention to the importance of motorists operating their vehicles safely in construction zones.
Arafa said the GDOT also does “hundreds of specific measures” to alert drivers to construction zones, including marking work zones by signs, utilizing temporary traffic control devices, requiring workers to wear high-visibility apparel and speed reduction enforcement.
“Along with other highway safety efforts, Georgia DOT’s work zone safety public outreach efforts have been successful in reducing overall roadway fatalities on Georgia’s roads in each of the last seven years,” he said.