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DOT worker hit, killed in Wayne work zone

Posted March 23, 2015
Updated March 24, 2015

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— A state Department of Transportation worker was killed Monday when he was hit by a vehicle in a road work zone in Wayne County, officials said.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. on U.S. Highway 70 at Capps Bridge Road, about 5 miles southeast of Princeton, where crews are working on the Goldsboro Bypass.

Tahisha M. Dukette, 28, of 107 Hanson Drive in Princeton, was westbound on U.S. 70 when her 2003 Saturn Vue ran off the highway to the left and struck William Grey Bailey in the median, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Bailey, 35, of Kenly, was an engineering technician who had worked for DOT for five years. He also volunteered with the Bethany and Micro fire departments.

Two other workers narrowly avoided being hit, the DOT said.

Dukette was charged with driving while impaired, felony death by vehicle and child endangerment. The latter charge stemmed from having two children in the car, ages 2 and 9, with her at the time of the accident.

Dukette suffered minor injuries. There was no word on whether either of the children was injured. When reached at home, Dukette's husband, Ken, said their children were running around their house and appeared to be fine.

Monday marked the start of the National work Zone Awareness Week, which is designed to bring national attention to driver and worker safety and mobility issues in highway work zones.

"The entire NCDOT family sends our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Millie Bailey, and their twin 18 month old daughters," DOT Secretary Tony Tata said in a statement. "Please slow down and drive safely through work zones and elsewhere. Our team is working hard to ensure the public's safety, please help us look out for our employees."

Funeral services for Bailey will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Bethany Baptist Church in Kenly. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  • Andi Rueny Mar 25, 2015
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    the saddest part of the story is no matter what she is charged with her kids will pay more than she will.

    What about HIS kids?????

  • Joseph Smith Mar 24, 2015
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    Pills not alcohol. Some people eat them like candy. Doctor's prescription so it must be safe.

  • Andi Rueny Mar 24, 2015
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    The cause of the accident was due to her BEING DRUNK!!!!! Not her speed.

  • John Payne Mar 24, 2015
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    This is a terribly sad tragedy for all involved, however, although the written story does not specify, to be totally correct, the suspect in this case was charged with driving while impaired due to use of a prescribed medication, not for use of alcohol. I am not defending her actions although many drivers routinely use medication which warns, "May cause drowsiness." We should all be more cautious about driving while drowsy--whether from medical situations, medication or lack of sleep.

  • Uragoner Too Mar 23, 2015
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    Prayers to his wife and babies, how horrible for all the children involved !

  • Teresa Whitley Mar 23, 2015
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    DWI at 11:00am! Geez.

  • Phil Larson Mar 23, 2015
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    I agree, I believe there's a vast amount of people who only concerned about where they have to go without thought of other drivers, workers and pedestrians.

  • Dominic Leuci Mar 23, 2015
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    You know, other than Mr. Bailey, the saddest part of the story is no matter what she is charged with her kids will pay more than she will. Sad story all the way around.

  • Dominic Leuci Mar 23, 2015
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    Poor guy. I am not big on cops/tickets but I would be fine with more of them enforcing lower speed limits in construction zones.

    Slowing down from 55 mph to 35 mph on a road for 2 miles of construction costs a driver 30-45 seconds. Why aren't some people willing to slow down for 30 seconds to help reduce the chance of killing someone?

    Please, spare 30 seconds and slow down for construction zones. Day or night.

  • Ronald Nunn Mar 23, 2015
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    She should also be charged with second degree murder.