The grieving family of a state highway worker killed in the line of duty hopes they see his accused killer stand in court and admit his crimes this afternoon.
The family of Clifton Scott plans to attend a hearing Friday afternoon. Prosecutors have told the family that they expect David Murdick to plead guilty.
"Right now we have gotten to the point that we are ready to see a righteous, judicious outcome," said Porsha Scott, the victim's niece.
A stretch of Interstate 70 near Lee's Summit Road is now named in honor of Clifton Scott who died on Sept. 21, 2012.
Clifton Scott, a Missouri Department of Transportation employee, was part of a crew that had shut down traffic and was redirecting it off I-70 at Lee's Summit Road due to a crash further east on the highway. Murdick, an attorney, was speeding when he plowed into Scott. Clifton Scott's work truck burst into flames, burning Scott who had one of his legs severed by the impact. Witnesses described hearing his harrowing screams.
Uric's blood-alcohol content was .184 when it was tested at a hospital where he was taken for his injuries, according to court documents.
Clifton Scott had just celebrated his 15th anniversary with MODOT. In 2001, Clifton Scott participated in a public-service announcement pleading with motorists to keep an eye out for MODOT workers.
"We have families. We have kids. We want to make it home at night too," he said.
Sadly, he was a Motorist Assist operator doing his job when he became a victim. He became one of 16 MODOT workers killed in the line of duty since 2000.
Clifton Scott was remembered as a wonderful, loyal family member and employee.
"You don't want to believe that could possibly happen," Porsha Scott said. "Unfortunately, we all suffer because it did."
Murdick was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. If Murdick pleads guilty, a judge will determine his sentence.
Porsha Scott urged all motorists not to drink and drive.
"We have people out there just like he was to serve and protect. Don't jeopardize their lives," she said.
In November 2001, Clifton Scott received a merit award for rescuing a co-worker. Clifton Scott and a second man were patching potholes when a truck protecting them was struck by a semi. The truck careened off the highway. The two men ran and pulled the unconscious MODOT worker to safety just before his vehicle caught fire.
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