Blue Springs lawyer David Murdick, 36, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree involuntary manslaughter for the September 2012 death of MoDOT worker Clifton J. Scott, 50.
The hearing lasted seven minutes as Judge Jack Grate asked Murdick a series of questions about the consequences of his plea. Murdick acknowledged the judge’s warnings.
On Sept. 21, 2012, Murdick was driving a 2007 Honda Accord at a high rate of speed along Interstate 70 in Independence, disregarding traffic cones. The Honda struck and killed Scott, a 15-year employee of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Scott was assisting with traffic control after another vehicle crash that occurred around the Interstate 70/470 intersection.
According to court records, Murdick ignored warnings and barriers prior to hitting Scott at about 3 a.m. Scott died at the scene and his MoDOT vehicle burst into flames in the collision. Murdick was taken to North Kansas City Hospital where he tested a blood-alcohol level of .184. Scott is survived by his 15-year-old son, a brother and sister. He was also engaged to be married.
Monique Banks, who was Scott's fiancee, said after the hearing that she was glad to see justice, but hated that it took this long. She also says what she misses most about Scott was “his smile and waking him up before he went to work.”
Scott’s MoDOT co-workers also attended the hearing to show support for his family, said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Chris Redline.
“We’re here to support Clifton’s family and remind others to never drive drunk or text behind the wheel. We hope this case makes people think twice about drinking and driving.”
He also mentioned that Scott would have wanted this opportunity to address the same concerns as well.
Murdick could face up to 5 to 15 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for March 7.