Valley woman killed in work accident

NORTH BEND - Tonya Riexinger, a 40-year-old mother of two, was killed the morning of May 29 when a dump truck struck and backed over her. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The accident occurred on Lake Dorothy Road - about five miles east of North Bend - where Riexinger was working as part of a nine-person state Department of Transportation crew repairing the shoulder of the roadway. At about 8:30 a.m. the group's dump truck, which was filled with debris, backed over the North Bend resident who was employed as a part-time seasonal worker by the department.

The shaken 47-year-old dump truck driver was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center following the accident. According to King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Kevin Fagerstrom he did not appear to be at fault. The driver currently is on paid administrative leave.

Riexinger might be better know to many Valley natives as Tonya Funck, a Mount Si High School graduate known for her love of pool, softball and for her infectious laugh.

In January, Riexinger was laid off from an electronics job in Redmond after a a 10-year stint. In early March she was hired by the Department of Transportation.

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