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  1. Worker crushed on the job By Nelson Bennett The Worker's Compensation Board is investigating the death of a 46-year-old employee at City Wide Auto Towing in Richmond Monday. Dwayne Dale was killed at the towing company's compound at 9500 River Drive sometime between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., said provincial coroner Stephen Fonseca. According to police and the WCB, Dale was apparently working beneath a vehicle, which was up on a flatbed truck, when the accident occurred. "The vehicle ended up falling on top of him and crushing him, and, unfortunately, killing him almost instantly," said Cpl. Peter Thiessen of the Richmond RCMP. Police received the call at about 10:30 a.m. Ambulances also arrived on the scene, but paramedics were unable to revive Dale, Fonseca said. Fonseca has ordered an autopsy to verify the exact cause of death. Police are considering the accident work-related. "Certainly there's nothing suspicious about it - no foul play," Thiessen said. It's not clear how the vehicle managed to roll off the flatbed. That is something WCB will be investigating, said spokeswoman Donna Freeman. Dale's fellow employees at the towing company's compound Monday morning were visibly distraught. One employee, who earlier expressed frustration with the abundance of press at the scene, later told reporters, "We've had a lot of things happen around here." Monday's accident was not the first for the towing company. In March, 2003, company owner Paul Sihata was run over by a semitrailer truck just outside his business office on River Drive. He recovered, but it was never made clear how Sihata ended up under the tires of the vehicle. In March 1994, Paul's Towing (which has the same street address as City Wide towing) received five workplace safety citations from the WCB. All were minor infractions. Sihata was unavailable for comment Tuesday. posted on 03/09/2005 Tony893
  2. TOW TRUCK OPERATOR KILLED IN ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT A Williamston man was killed after driving a wrecker into several trees on NC Highway 99 near Plymouth monday morning. Stanley Smallwood Jr., 22, was operating a wrecker belonging to Roy's Service Center in Windsor where he worked part-time while attending college at night. Smallwood died at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and small child. The accident occurred approximately 10:15 a.m. According the the NC State Highway Patrol, it looked like he ran off the right side of the road and then came back on and ran off of the left side into several trees. There were no witnesses to the accident. After a humbling recovery, the wrecker was moved to our impound yard where it could be secured out of the public's view. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We are located in a small community and there are no news links available, however this is from the local newpaper. JandJ Wrecker Service
  3. July, 20, 2005: TOW TRUCK OPERATOR KILLED IN ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT A Williamston man was killed after driving a wrecker into several trees on NC Highway 99 near Plymouth monday morning. Stanley Smallwood Jr., 22, was operating a wrecker belonging to Roy's Service Center in Windsor where he worked part-time while attending college at night. Smallwood died at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and small child. The accident occurred approximately 10:15 a.m. According the the NC State Highway Patrol, it looked like he ran off the right side of the road and then came back on and ran off of the left side into several trees. There were no witnesses to the accident. After a humbling recovery, the wrecker was moved to our impound yard where it could be secured out of the public's view. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We are located in a small community and there are no news links available, however this is from the local newpaper. JandJ Wrecker Service
  4. February 19, 2004 It is with regrets that we inform the members of the Towing & Recovery Assn. of KY of the passing of Ronald Reed; Mr. Reed, 52, died after a brief illness yesterday, 02/18/2004 at the VA Hospital in Lexington, KY. Reed was earlier employed at Winchester's Towing for many years. He left Lexington to open and operate Ron's Lakeland Wrecker Service in Florida. He recently returned to Lexington, where he was currently employed at CTS by Johnny Winchester. Mr. Reed was an accomplished tower, who (according to his previous employers) was a diligent and faithful employee, as well as a dedicated family man. Born June 5, 1951, he leaves behind a wife and children. While in Florida he was a member of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida. He returned to Lexington in October of 2003, and his current employers (CTS & Winchester's) are past and present members of TRAK. The visitation will be held at Best & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, KY from 5PM-9PM on Saturday, February 21st, and Sunday February 22nd from 1PM-3PM and from 5PM-9PM. The funeral will be Monday, February 22 at 11:30 AM with burial to follow at Camp Nelson. A tow truck processional is being planned; for information, please contact: Mike Winchester, (859) 983-8928 (cell) or 278-0355 (work) Johnny Winchester, (859) 278-9999 (work) Scott Burrows
  5. Mr. Kirk A. Cameron, of Lake City, Fl. Died as a result of injuries sustained in a Motorcycle Accident. Kirk and His wife Own and Operate All 4 One Towing and Recovery. Kirk is survived by his Wife (Terri) 3 sons, Justin,Jeremy,and James. and his 2 grand children. Mr. Kirk Alan Cameron 43, of Fort White, Florida died Monday February 23, 2004 in Lake City as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
  6. This is just happening right now. I bring sad news that a driver was hit and killed N/B 101 near the Spencer Avenue off ramp. The information is from the California Highway Patrol CAD. The driver worked for Wiler's Tow in Vallejo, California. I am deeply saddened for the family of the driver and the company he works for. There are no words I can express to relay my condolences to them. If you can call them and offer support and let them know you grieve with them. I just thought I should let you all know we are all suffering from this behavior. We need to stick together and educate everyone. ******************************************************************** Incident: 01904 Type: Fatality Location: US101 N / SPENCER AVE OFR Loc Desc: SB 101 JNO SPENCER Lat/Lon: 37.849246 -122.489356 4:49 PM 32 [69] ^***CANCEL SIGALERT*** ROADWAY CLEAR [Shared] 4:49 PM 31 [68] 1039 DOT-CC [Shared] 4:48 PM 30 [67] 34-S4 RDWY CLR [Shared] 4:47 PM 29 [66] B34-050 07 TOYT PRIUS 4D BLK 2 PLTS FOR 22651G TO MILL VALLEY TOW BY OFCR OSTLER 19000 [Shared] 4:43 PM 28 [65] 34-S4 CORTE MADERA TOW 97 [Shared] 4:29 PM 27 [64] B34-046 FOLLOWING EVIDENCE TOW [Shared] 4:21 PM 26 [59] [Notification] [CHP]-CORTE MADERA TOW ETA 15 TO 20 PLS ADV 34-S4 OTA [Shared] 4:19 PM 25 [58] MILL VLY 97 AND CORTE MADERA TOW ENRT FOR WILER'S TK [Shared] 4:12 PM 24 [57] 1039 BT / ETA 45 MINS OR LESS [Shared] 3:59 PM 23 [55] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 MILL VALLEY TOW 888-688-3303 ***** [Shared] 3:55 PM 22 [52] B34-050 REQ 1185R FOR TOYT PRIUS [Shared] 3:44 PM 21 [50] 1039 DOTCC LINE 48 [Shared] 3:42 PM 20 [48] 34-S4 REQ SIG ALERT // SB 101 JNO SPENCER #1-2 OPEN - #3-4 BLKD [Shared] 3:18 PM 19 [42] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 Downtown Ignacio Towing // 415.883.6124 - W/ EVIDENCE TOW FOR CHEV PK [Shared] 3:16 PM 18 [41] 34-S4 REQ 1185 EVIDENCE CHEV 1/2 TON PK [Shared] 3:07 PM 17 [38] [CHP] has closed their incident [190226GG01910] 3:06 PM 16 [36] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1183-Trfc Collision-Unkn Inj to 1144-Fatality by CHP 3:02 PM 15 [35] 1039 DOTCC 3:02 PM 14 [34] 34-S4 1039 CORONER 2:55 PM 13 [30] ^***ISSUE SIGALERT*** SB 101 JNO SPENCER AVE - LANES #3-4 ARE BLOCKED - LANES #1-2 ARE OPEN - UNK ETO - USE ALT ROUTES - REF LOG 1904 2:50 PM 12 [28] 1039 DOT-CC 2:50 PM 11 [27] 1039 DOT-CC 2:49 PM 10 [26] ENRT TO TC SCENE W/AI KIT 2:47 PM 9 [20] BLKG #3/4 #1/2 OPEN 2:42 PM 8 [18] B34-046 #1/2/3 BLKD NOW 2:36 PM 7 [13] 1039 1141 2:34 PM 6 [9] B34-046 SB 101 JNO SPENCER OFR 2:34 PM 5 [8] B34-046 REQ FIRE C3 /// ONE PTY ON GROUND NOT MOVING 2:31 PM 4 [7] B34-046 BREAK STARTED AT RODEO 2:28 PM 3 [6] [Notification] [CHP]-PER GGB - THEY ARE 97 WITH STALL JNO WALDO -- THEY'LL CHECK AREA 2:26 PM 2 [3] 1 OF THE VEHS WAS AN 1185 2:26 PM 1 [2] TC'D INTO 2 VEHS THAT WERE ON RHS
  7. Keith Albertson, 58, owner and operator for 21 years of Keith's Auto Service and Towing in Bristol, Pa., died on Jan. 31, 2003. His charisma and humor will long be remembered. His sons Kevin and Dale continue the business that upholds Keith's hard work and legacy. Keith was carried to his final resting place upon the bed of his finest rollback. SOURCE: Fred Kurt, Friend, Joe Horisk Salvage and Towing New Castle, Del Originally added to Tow411 in 2006
  8. Virgel T. Fakes, 84, of Jetmore, Kansas, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 at the Hodgeman County Health Center. Virgel Fakes was owner of Fakes Garage, Welding service and Towing service for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Protestant Faith, Mason and Odd Fellows Lodges. He also served as mayor and city councilman for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Betty; son Dale; daughter Virginia Carrington; brothers Herman and Clearnce; sisters Bertie Simpson and Odessa Smith; and one grandson.
  9. Ed, along with his wife Marilyn, founded National Tow & Road Service in Reno, Nevada. Despite being blind in one eye, he was an accomplished pilot, a sharpshooter and a past reserve deputy for the Washoe County Police Department. Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in 2006
  10. Tommy C. Hutto, 74, of Ashburn, Ga., died Jan. 17, 2003. He was the owner of Hutto Shop and Wrecker Service for 35 years. Mr. Hutto was married with nine children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. His funeral service on Jan. 20 was lead by his own personal wrecker that was driven by his grandson Jeffery Cameron, followed by fleet of wreckers from surrounding counties.
  11. Hit-and-run driver kills wrecker operator in Irving Juan Guzman, 30, of Plano, Tx was struck and killed Sunday about 5:23 a.m. by a hit-and-run driver while trying to hook up another vehicle to his tow truck in the 400 block of Airport Freeway, near O'Connor Road, according to a police report. The driver of the passenger car did not attempt to stop, police said. Witnesses described the vehicle as a white sedan, possibly a Chevrolet or Pontiac or similar make, with a tan pinstripe. The right front section of the vehicle was likely damaged. Guzman worked for Walnut Hill Wrecker Service. Irving police said Wednesday they have made an arrest in connection with the hit-and-run death of a tow truck driver on New Year's Day. Charles Lamon Hicks, Jr, 19, of Dallas was arrested Tuesday and faces a charge of manslaughter, police said. Plano resident Juan Guzman, 30, was loading a vehicle Sunday morning in the 400 block of West Airport Freeway when a car allegedly driven by Mr. Hicks struck him. Mr. Guzman died as a result of his injuries. Mr. Hicks is being held on $25,000 bond. Police said he may face an additional charge of failure to stop and render aid in connection with the case. Posted on Wed, Jan. 04, 2006 Dallas man arrested in hit-and-run deathBy DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR.STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITERIRVING - A Dallas man has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death Sunday of a wrecker driver, police said. Police identified the suspect as Charles L. Hicks Jr., 19, who was arraigned Wednesday morning on a charge of manslaughter. He was in the Irving City Jail Wednesday with bail set at $25,000. Hicks was arrested Tuesday evening at his Dallas home, police said. Juan Guzman, 30, of Plano, was fatally injured shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sunday by a hit-and-run driver while trying to hook up another vehicle to his tow truck in the 400 block of Airport Freeway near O'Connor Road. Guzman worked for Walnut Hill Wrecker Service. Police said they determined Hicks was a suspect by using witness accounts and from physical evidence at the scene. Wreckerman05 said: good to hear they caught him--the bond seems alitte low to me-but i wonder sometimes-how they set the bonds-good luck the towing company and family during this bad time-- ibflat2 said: great news that the suspect was caught now we hope that the courts are fair and justice is served... Biddy Corgan said: All things considered, this is some good news. Thanks Peter tommytows said: glad to hear he got caught michael212 said: Glad to here it. I don't know if I'm just noticing it but lately in our area there have been alot of Hit & Runs with pedestrians and vehicles. Most of them have been Fatals too. I just don't know why they run? They should know sooner or later they get caught up with. Michael Myers - 253.588.1757 ext 150 forgivenone said: I am glad the authorities caught the suspect. That is great news, Hoora! Originally added to Tow411 in 2006.
  12. Hello All, This is from the Atlanta Journal this morning. 1/11/5 Driver killed when tow truck overturns An East Point man was killed when his tow truck overturned after colliding with an interstate median and a car Monday morning, Gwinnett County police said. Xavion Wilson, 43, lost control of his tow truck on northbound I-85 just south of Indian Trail Road when a Honda Accord changed lanes in front of him, said police Cpl. Dan Huggins. The truck struck a median, then the Accord and overturned, he said. The driver of the Honda and a passenger in the tow truck were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with minor injuries. Two other vehicles were sideswiped during the collision, but no other injuries were reported, Huggins said. Charges are pending against the driver of the Honda, police said. Thank you Matt for bringing this to our attention. Originally added to Tow411 in 2005:
  13. It is with deep sorrow that we are announcing the passing of former TRAK President Ronald Bentley last night, January 6th. Mr. Bentley retired from the towing and garage business several years ago, with the sale of his company, Peytona Garage, to the current owners, Denis & Connie Albert. Mr. Bentley was the founder and long time operator of Peytona Garage on east US 60 in Waddy, KY. He built and operated several heavy-duty tow trucks from his eastern Shelby County garage. Bentley served as president of the Towing & Recovery Association of Kentucky in the 1998-99, after completing terms as vice-president from 1996-98. Funeral arrangements are pending, as Mr. Bentley, as his body is being returned from Florida, where he spent the winters fishing. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and son Scotty. Origianlly added to Tow411 in 2005:
  14. An old boss and dispatcher of mine has passed away. Doris Hill passed on at Meritcare hospital ion Fargo, ND on Tuesday the 27th, at the age of 73. She and her late husband Albert had purchased a Mobil station in Bemidji, MN in 1960. In 1976 they sold the station to focus on towing. She did bookkeeping, dispatching, and various other duties up until recent months at Hill's 1'st City Towing, which she and her son, Keith continued to operate after the loss of Albert (some years ago, I am guessing the early to mid 80's). The funeral will be this Sunday. I plan to attend, as I and many will miss her. She was a great person, who had a heart that was perhaps too big at times, given the nature of the industry. Thanks, and if you can give her a moment of thought, I am appreciative- L.W. towguyLW Thank you for sharing Lyle. Doris sounds like a wonderful woman and your thoughts of her are special. When someone comes into our life and leaves such a lasting impression as she, it makes life more worth it and we are blessed because of it. My thoughts and prayers for her family and you. Take care. ForgivenOne It sounds as though Doris was a very wonderful and caring person thru out her life... I am sure that she will be sorely missed due to her generous outlook on life... May the lord watch over her family.. I am so sorry to hear about another one leaving us for the pearly blue skies... I do know that she will rest in peace... Devin letsplay2 Thanks to those of you who posted here, and also to those who did like I often do- Gave your thoughts or prayers but did so in silence. Truly, Lyle towguyLW Originally Added to Tow411 in 2005:
  15. Thompson, loving husband, father, son, brother, passed away at his home due to a house fire. Also lost in the fire were four best friends Zeus, Zorro, Lucky and Porscha. He worked for Fort Union Towing. Originally added to Tow411 in 2005
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