UPDATE: DOT worker killed in a.m. wreck
by Staff Reports
N.C. Department of Transportation employee was killed Tuesday in a collision
near the intersection of Old U.S. 421 and Brown Farm Road in Deep Gap.
Cook, 55, was in the northbound lane of Old U.S. 421 sawing a downed
tree when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by Robert Schaffer, 50, said State Highway Patrol Trooper R.S. Townsend.
truck continued after striking Cook, striking the tree and coming to rest at
the DOT truck, Townsend said.
officials received a call about the incident at 4:39 a.m. Cook was pronounced
dead at the scene. Schaffer was not injured.
said the DOT truck was displaying amber, flashing lights at the time of the
crash. Conditions were dark and rainy but not foggy, he said.
Under changes to the state “Move Over” law that took effect
Oct. 1, motorists are required to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce
speed for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of
the highway, including public service vehicles with amber lights, according to
NCDOT. Violating the law could result in a $500 fine.
Under the new law, if the NCDOT worker’s vehicle displayed
an amber light, the motorist who struck and killed the worker could also face
Class 1 misdemeanor charges, per N.C. General Statutes 20-157.
Townsend said the district attorney’s office will determine whether to file any charges in the accident.