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Man Struck By Two Cars, Killed In Hit-And-Run, Died On His 50th Birthday

'He was wonderful,' heartbroken relatives said as they shared memories of the devoted husband and father, who loved cooking, the Jets -- and his family.

Brookhaven resident Scott Wayte was celebrating his 50th birthday when he died Friday night after being struck by two cars on East Main Street in Riverhead, the victim of a hit-and-run, his heartbroken family said Saturday morning.

On Saturday, his family was in tears as they recalled the tragedy. "It was his birthday," said Jeri Marshall, Wayte's mother-in-law. "He was going to dinner at Cliff's Rendezvous. He was with his children and his wife."

Wayte's tragic death left his wife Denise and children, Brooke, 24, and Alexandra, 19, devastated.

"He was wonderful," Marshall said.

Peggy Bieselin, Wayte's sister, who lost her husband a month ago, was visiting Riverhead to take her brother to dinner for his birthday and was inside the restaurant when the unthinkable happened. Bieselin said Wayte had gone outside to move the car closer to the curb and was struck as he crossed the street back to the restaurant.

Bieselin said Wayte's family shared their thoughts, remembering the husband and father they loved. "He was devoted to his wife Denise and his two daughters, Brooke and Allie," she said. "He was a big Jets fan, he loved to cook, and he loved his dog, Lucky," she said.

Wayte, who worked at VTP Transmission Parts in Lindenhurst, was a loving and deeply caring man, she said.

Wayte also leaves behind his father, Robert Wayte, and two sisters, Bunny Wayte and Wendy Worytko.

According to Riverhead police, upon responding to a call regarding a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at East Main Street and Union Avenue at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, they arrived to find a male pedestrian pinned beneath a Honda Pilot SUV.

The victim, identified as Wayte, was pronounced dead at the scene by a responding paramedic with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

According to an investigation conducted at the scene and witness accounts, Wayte was attempting to cross East Main Street from north to south when he was struck by an unknown westbound vehicle and sent into the eastbound lane, where he was struck by a second vehicle, a 2006 Honda Pilot, operated by Ernest Austin, 53, of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.

Police said Austin continued driving eastbound for a short distance before stopping after he realized he had struck someone. Austin was not charged in relation to the accident; police are trying to locate the first vehicle that struck Wayte and fled the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or may have information about the vehicle should call Riverhead Police Detective Division at 631-727-4500 ext. 289.

Peter J Byron December 29, 2012 at 04:47 PM
He was the best boss I ever had . I love you Scott I don't know what we're going to do now with out you at the helm Pete
christina saunders December 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Unthinkable tragedy, so heartbroken for this family. Our prayers are with you all. The driver that left the scene needs to be caught!
Laura Bradford December 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Our love and prayers. So sorry to hear of your terrible loss.
Daniel Apice December 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
scott, i will miss you greatly, you were a loyal friend and employee. someone who i could trust and always had my best interest at heart people like you dont come around very often this world will be a lot worse off without you but heaven will have another angel. my prayers and thoughts are with your wife and children who i know you loved and worried about all the time rest in peace my friend danny
gary moore December 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Gary Moore Scott was a good freind the best you could have. He would do anything for you he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.
Alberto Marrero December 30, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Alberto Marrero Scott I am still in disbelief that you are gone. You are a great friend that a person could have ever known and have. You are a good husband, a good father, and a terrific boss. You have a heart of gold. I love you and I will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace my friend. May the Lord give your family the strength they need and may he Bless them all always. My prayers goes out to his wife, daughters, and family. Big Al
Boris Quiroz December 30, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Scott, There are few people that come into your life and leave a mark the way you did in my life, I was fortunate to have had you as a friend and as a co-worker.. You touched the lives of everybody around you in a very special and unique way.. I love you and I will miss you forever my brother.. To your family my thoughts and prayers are with them and may god give them the strength to go on.. Boris
Mark H. Jach December 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Mark H. Jach : I was very sadden to hear about the loss of a great guy/friend . I haven't seen him or his family in years , but would like to think we were close friends when we were a part of eachothers lives . He was one of the good guys , the one everyone got along with . He was always a hard worker and loyal friend with a great sense of humor . When he met his wife Denise , his life changed from the cool guy to hangout with, to the responsible family man . I know he loved his wife and kids . I'm so sorry for their loss . My thoughts are with you Denise ,Brooke , Allie and the rest of his loved ones . Rest in Peace Scott , Your friend always , Mark
John Crooks December 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Scott was one of the nicest people I ever met. I had the pleasure of working with him for years, and he was caring, cheerful, knowledgable, and loved by all his coworkers and customers. My prayers are with his family at this time of unimaginable shock and grief. Scott will be greatly missed--John Crooks
Steven tovar December 30, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Scott was a great friend and co worker always there to help when you needed it the most. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. My condolences go to his family .
Colleen December 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So very sorry to hear of this tragedy in town. My prayers go out to the family. May God bless you and give you His peace.
Jenifer Ortiz December 31, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Scott was a great co worker, he was always happy and helpful. I'm still in shock and disbelief. My condolences go to his wife, his two daughters, and his family. He will be greatly missed by all of us :'(
joe the driver January 01, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Joe the driver Scott wasn't just a great boss, he was a devoted husband, father and friend.my condolences goes to his wife and family, we all just lost such phemonal person. Rest in heaven Scott wayte.you will be greatly missed......Joe the driver
Mark Jach January 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM
JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED , THEY CAUGHT THE HIT AND RUN DRIVER TODAY !! IT DOESN'T BRING SCOTT BACK TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS , BUT AT LEAST THE CRIMINAL HAS BE CAUGHT, AND WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW !! REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND, YOU WERE TAKEN FROM THIS WORLD WAY TO SOON !!! MARK H. JACH
Rick @ Transmission Giant January 03, 2013 at 04:19 AM
I can not believe this horrible tragedy.I have known Scott since he owned his own company trans quality.He was a fair and honest guy always there when you needed him.Last week he made a special trip to my shop to deliver a part before the end of the day so I could finish the job.I do not know his family but my prayers go out to them.Scott will be missed by all who he has touched.I know God has a special place in Heaven for our friend and someday we will all be together again.......Rick S.

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