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Beltline Worker Dies Week After Accident

Posted March 11, 2004

— A family is talking about an accident that has many questioning the way road crews operate.

Charles Scott was hit by a car while operating a hydraulic lift on the Highway 64 Bypass in Raleigh on March 4.

Scott, 49, of Elkview, W.Va., passed away Thursday at WakeMed.

"It's basically just a waiting game, just a matter of time," said Randy Scott of his brother Wednesday night. "When he was brought to the hospital he was in a coma and he has not regained consciousness. It is a life-altering experience that we will never get over."

Last Thursday just before dawn, a car traveling 60 mph struck Scott as he was standing inside the construction bucket in a work zone on Poole Road. Scott was thrown 30 feet and landed on the pavement.

The police report says the machine was crossing the inner beltline and failed to yield to the oncoming car.

His brother says Scott was regarded as the "go to" guy in his line of work. He loved his work he often started early.

"That's why he was out there at 6:15 a.m. he doesn't start work until 7 a.m," Randy Scott said.

The Scott family hopes an investigation will provide some answers.

"No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. But it is hard to believe my husband did something stupid," Susan Scott said.

Investigations have been launched by the construction company, the Department of Transportation and OSHA.

The Scott family says they are touched by the generosity of strangers and the gentle care and compassion they have received at WakeMed.

"We've never encountered anybody like this," Randy Scott said. "They care, they were straightforward. They were careful to choose their words not to give false hope or to take away hope."

Timothy Porter, 33, of Fuquay-Varina, the driver who struck Scott, suffered some minor injuries. He will not be charged.

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