Hampstead, NC -- Authorities say a utility worker has died after he and a fellow worker were struck by a pickup truck on U.S. 17 in Hampstead in Pender County.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says the workers were standing in a right turn lane when they were hit Tuesday. They worked for a company that installs fiber optic cables and were tracking a cable line.
The workers had put safety cones out, Troopers said.
Troopers confirm that 40-year-old Jereme Alan Holt of Burlington was killed. The other worker did not require medical treatment.
The Highway Patrol told News 2 that the utility workers were employed by Templar, Inc. out of Holly Springs, NC.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to Scott Temple, the owner of Templar, Inc.
Temple said Holt worked with the company for about two years. His company is like a family with only 30 employees. Holt was a team leader on a five-man team.
Temple said that Holt was a hard worker and respected his co-workers.
Temple has been in touch with Holt's mother, who lives in the Burlington area and plans on creating a tribute to Jereme Holt on their website. Holt leaves behind three children.
The driver of the truck has been charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and a lane violation.
In October 2012, NC lawmakers expanded its Move Over Law. The law now includes utility and road maintenance vehicles.
News 2 also talked to Corporal Brian Stokes with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. He was injured when a car did not move over.
"Anything from small cars to trucks to 18-wheelers, whatever it may be, sometimes I wonder if these motorists even know the law because it doesn't look like they even attempted to when there was ample opportunity for them to move over," said Stokes.
Stokes was hit by a car when he was writing a ticket the night of July 4th. He suffered severe back injuries that had him out of work for three weeks. Stokes is still in physical therapy and rehab.
On Wednesday evening, he took News 2 to the site of his wreck on the South Elm-Eugene ramp to Business 85 in Greensboro. We watched for about ten minutes. His car was stopped, lights were on. Car after car passed his vehicle without moving over.
Stokes said, "On the interstate for some reason, I guess they figure they're in a different lane, they're going to maintain their speed and go right on by and not move over."
The fine for disobeying the Move Over Law is $200. It could be $500 if you damage property, and you could be cited with a misdemeanor or felony if you injure or kill someone.
WFMY News 2, NC State Highway Patrol