Construction Worker Strikes Coworker in Chest With Paving Tool, Narrowly Misses Pacemaker

The wound did not penetrate the man's chest and did not damage internal organs, according to a police report.

A construction worker struck another man with a paving tool, gashing his chest and narrowly missing his pacemaker, police said.

Sunset Hills Police said that Brian Kitson, 30, and the second coworker argued throughout the day Oct. 4 at a construction site in Sunset Hills. Kitson then swung the sharp end of an asphalt lute, a tool used to spread hot asphalt, at the man, striking him in the chest, according to the police report.

The wounded man first was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Festus and then was transferred by ambulance to St. Louis University Hospital. Physicians told police the wound was one centimeter by one centimeter, and did not penetrate the chest or harm any internal organs.

Kitson, of House Springs, was charged Oct. 29 with second-degree assault.

Bail was set at $10,000, cash only.

For more crime information on Sunset Hills Patch, see the following articles:

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Stephen D November 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Perhaps a little jail time will help him out.
mike dickey November 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
He is realy a easy going guy I have workd him so the other guy probably deserved it brian doesn't do stuff like that unless something reely wrong happens
Stephen D November 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Why is this story being resurrected? There's no update, so what's the point?
Cade Portell December 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Well since i was on the job sight everyone needs to know this was self defense. Don't need to judge him Tom laid a hand on Brian and well it was on. He shouldn't even be sitting in jail still. I saw the Tom's wound and well if it would have been more than just a scratch then he would have gone to the hospital right away. Instead of staying at the job sight harassing all of us for another hour and a half.
Stephen D December 04, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Thanks Cade.


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