NCDOT workers raise money for family of fallen co-worker from Kenly

State Department of Transportation employees have raised about $4,500 for the family of a co-worker who was killed on the job along U.S. 70 in Wayne County last spring.

Engineering technician William “Grey” Bailey of Kenly was working in a work zone near the U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass project when he was hit and killed by a woman who was charged with driving while impaired. Bailey was 35 and left behind a wife and their twin daughters.

Employees throughout DOT’s Division 4, which covers six counties including Johnston, raised money for the family.

“It just goes to show that we are a family,” division Engineer Tim Little said in a statement released Friday. “This is our chance to look after Grey’s family for the sacrifice he’s made for us.”

A gofundme site also raised nearly $51,000 for Bailey’s family. Bailey was a 14-year firefighter with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department.

Commissioners in Wayne and Johnston counties have passed resolutions urging the state to name a section of the U.S. 70 bypass after Bailey. Under state rules, the state Board of Transportation can’t consider that honor until a year after Bailey’s death on March 23.