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Man Charged With DWI, Death by Vehicle

Posted February 9, 2008
Updated February 10, 2008

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— A man is facing charges of DWI and felony death-by-vehicle after police say his vehicle hit and killed 16-year-old boy in Orange County.

It happened at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday at 4503 Claibornes Rd. in Mebane.

A vehicle driven by Scott Belling, 47, ran off the road and hit Che Skaggs, state Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Sharlow said.

Belling left the scene and drove several miles to a convenience store, Sharlow said. He called 911 and said he thought he had hit something and that he had a flat tire. At the convenience store, the driver was given a breathalyzer test –  Sharlow said Belling blew a .23.

Skaggs was riding his skateboard about 10 to 15 feet off the roadway when he was hit. The teenager died at the scene.

Belling was charged Saturday with DWI and felony hit-and-run. His was later charged with felony death-by-vehicle.

Belling was being held Sunday night in the Orange County Jail. His bond was upgraded from $20,000 to $70,000.

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  • rblow Feb 15, 2008

    To say that the boy should bear some of his own death because he was in the street and knew better is just ridiculous. I'm sure if that had been your child you wouldn't feel that way AT ALL. So what if he was in the street. It's not like he was gnome size or tooth fairy size. Perhaps if the guy hadn't been drunk he would've been able to see him. I don't care if this boy was in the street, in his driveway, on top of the roof, or driving another vehicle, the facts are that this GROWN man made a conscious decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, and in doing so he took the life of another human being. The fact that he then drove several miles and ordered cheeseburgers and "what not" before calling 911 is beyond belief. He said he thought he may have hit something, but why not stop and check that out before continuing to drive drunk and ordering food. My thoughts are with the victims family. I feel bad for the drivers family knowing they must be humiliated and embarrassed

  • memyselfani Feb 11, 2008

    EVERYONE WHO POSTS ON THIS STORY NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT WHO COULD READ THIS. THERE HAS BEEN A GRIEVING FAMILY OUT THERE AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO POST COMMENTS DEFENDING A MAN WHO HAS BROKEN THE LAW (ALMOST 3 TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT) AND KILLED THIS BOY.HE WAS OFF THE ROAD... NOT IN THE ROAD SO WHO CARES WHAT HE WAS DOING! AND IF YOU FOR ONE SECOND DONT THINK THAT THIS FAMILY IS LIVING WHAT IF, YOU ARE CRAZY! I AM SURE THE BROTHER IS BLAMEING HIMSELF, IM SURE THE MOTHER IS SAYING THERE IS SOMETHING SHE COULD HAVE DONE. BUT WHEN IT BOILS DOWN TO IT, THE ONE THING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN CHANGED IS THIS MAN NOT GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL WITH THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT OF ALCOHOL IN HIS BODY!BY THE WAY THIS MAN DIDNT STOP AND SAY I HAVE HIT A LITTLE BOY... HE STOPPED MILES DOWN THE ROAD SAYING HE THINK HE RAN OVER SOMETHING. IM NOT PSYCHIC BUT I CAN IMAGINE HIM NOT EVEN STOPPING IF HE HADNT BLEW A TIRE! JUST BE SYMPATHETIC TO THIS FAMILY, THEY SAY THE HARDEST THING TO DO IS BURY YOUR OWN KID

  • Adelinthe Feb 11, 2008

    Show no mercy! Make no mistake - THIS MAN IS A MURDERER and should spend a longgg time in prison.

    Praying for his victim's loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Marc3939 Feb 11, 2008

    The driver was VERY drunk and shouldn't have been driving. He should be severely penalized for his actions. But the witness was his 14 yo brother. Some things don't add up.

    You can't skateboard 10-15 feet off a SECONDARY road. You couldn't ride 2 feet off one. Look at the satellite view of the road and you will see it's impossible.

    I used to work with the DOT paving these roads. Driving 10-15 ft off the road would result in being in a ditch. And the kids were NOT skateboarding in their driveway.

  • dianadarling Feb 11, 2008

    I think the people that hit and run should be charged with 1st degree murder. Those that stop should not. There has to be some way to keep these people from running because they have nothing else to lose.

  • cameronfrick Feb 11, 2008

    No prosecutor should ever charge(F)death by vehicle. It is only a class G felony and requires the prosecution to prove the underlying DWI. Involuntary manslaughter is a higher level felony (F), and only requires the prosecution to prove "careless and reckless conduct" and a "thoughtless disregard to the consequences". See 242 NC 540 ,etc.

  • terriersrfun Feb 11, 2008

    According to the police the boy was 10 - 15 ft off the side of the road when he was hit. I do not believe he should bear any fault in his death. We need to keep the drunks off the road. Take their vehicles or use wheel locks; taking a license does no good at keeping them off the road.

  • iamforjustice Feb 11, 2008

    I think that the only impact someone in this situation of this nature is to inflict the same injury on that person that he did to the victim. Let me get in a car and run him over. Not to kill him but to inflict the pain and then send him to prison so he can have 70 years to think about what he did. That would also send a message out. And each time someone gets pulled for a DWI, where ever he/she bought the booze from should be a 200 dollar fine from that establishment and the proceeds should go to MAD,DAD or ME.

  • bigbr0ther Feb 11, 2008

    They said the boy was 10-15 feet off the road....how is that skateboarding on a busy highway. For all yall know he could have been in a driveway or on a sidewalk or even a basketball court that sits off the roadway. Dont be too quick to judge. You would be heartbroken if this was your kid and you read comments like what you wrote.

  • yeah Feb 11, 2008

    Skateboarding is not a crime!

    How can a kid who was 10-15 feet away from the highway skateboarding in front of his house bear any of the blame if a drunk driver drives off the highway onto the front of his property? I hope his loved ones do not read any of these cruel, misinformed comments.
    These comments remind me of my old neighborhood in Cary when there were complaints about speeding in the neighborhood & it was suggested that the children, particularly skateboardings just needed to move out of the way faster.

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