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NCDOT seeks reimbursement for Cary Parkway fire repairs

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

State highway officials say it's going to cost nearly $500,000 to fix a section of Cary Parkway damaged by a fire that a teenager admitted setting, and they want restitution for the repair costs.

After Tristan Zammit set the fire, flames worked their way into a huge pipe and the heat was so intense that it buckled it.

That buckled pipe made the roadway above unstable and now the entire pipe will have to be torn out and replaced.

The $482,000 cost will come out of the NCDOT's maintenance budget, but officials say they'll be asking the court to make the 17-year-old pay part of that.

"There will be efforts down the road for reimbursement for the damage," said NCDOT's Steve Abbott.

Tristan was charged with a misdemeanor because police say he showed remorse for his actions.

"The intent to do the damage that it caused was not behind what he did and that's what lead the district attorney's office to agree to the misdemeanor charges," said Cary Police Capt. Don Hamilton.

Zammit's parents are not happy with their son's actions either.

His mother told WNCN's Steve Sbraccia that Tristan is currently in jail, at their request, and will stay locked up until after Easter. She said she hopes keeping him in jail will "teach him a lesson."

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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