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Baylor University plans to install a memorial plaque honoring a Derr and Isbell Construction Co. worker who was killed in an accident last month while working on this pedestrian bridge.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte

Baylor University plans to install a memorial plaque honoring a construction worker killed in an accident last month while working on the new on-campus football stadium.

The plaque in remembrance of Jose Dario Suarez will be stationed on the Umphrey Pedestrian Bridge that will connect McLane Stadium to Baylor’s campus.

Suarez, 55, died Jan. 28 after the hydraulic lift he and another construction worker were riding in slipped or rolled from a barge into the Brazos River.

The other construction worker managed to free himself from the lift and was pulled to safety.

Both men were employed by Derr and Isbell Construction Co., of Euless.

“We should take note of the fact that the tragedy occurred,” Baylor President Ken Starr said. “He was serving the cause of Baylor University and building Baylor University, and so Baylor wants to honor him. This strikes us as a very important way for us to take note of what happened.”

Starr announced the plans for the memorial during Baylor’s Board of Regents quarterly meeting Friday.

He noted the possibility of an official ceremony to honor Suarez as well.

Suarez’s cause of death was ruled drowning and the manner of death was deemed accidental in preliminary autopsy results.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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