MoDOT worker killed on the job honored with memorial highway

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Family members of a MoDOT employee killed last September wept as co-workers unveiled a new highway sign with their loved one's name.

Soon the area of I-70 near the I-470 interchange will be known as the Clifton Scott Memorial Highway.

At a tearful ceremony Thursday, MoDOT employees hung 23 helmets  from traffic cones, each one representing the men and women who died helping others on Kansas City metro highways.

Over the past 81 years, 131 MoDOT workers have died helping drivers.

Last September, Scott was directing traffic around a car wreck on I-70 in Independence when he was hit by a car.

A Blue Springs attorney, David Murdick, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Murdick is expected to stand trial later this year and Scott's family hopes he'll plead guilty.

At Thursday's ceremony, Scott's family members wore yellow shirts adorned with Scott's photo.

Scott's sister Xavier Estell says memorial highway will help take away the pain she feels when she drives by the area where her brother was killed.

"It breaks my heart every time I pass that area," she said choking back tears, "but this sign is beautiful and it reminds me of the man we all loved so much."

Estell hopes the sign is a reminder to drivers to move over for emergency workers.

MODOT officials say they had another near miss Wednesday. Luckily, their employee was OK and the driver was arrested, but it's a sobering reminder of the danger emergency workers face.

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