Relatives of the construction worker killed when a 50,000-pound concrete slab collapsed at a mall parking garage in Montgomery County on Thursday are mourning the loss of their 57-year-old patriarch, who doled out nicknames to loved ones and had been a laborer for more than three decades.
But even as funeral plans were being made Friday for Carroll Dexter Wills of Prince Frederick in Calvert County, his family was left without answers about what went wrong at the garage at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda.
A second worker who was with Wills was pinned for four hours as crews cut through concrete and steel to pull him to safety. That man, who has not been identified, remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Friday.
Montgomery police ruled the collapse an accident and ended their part of the probe, according to a department spokeswoman. The investigation of why the chunk of concrete fell now falls to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health division, which would not comment Friday.