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  1. Multiple Sources including Connecticut State Police: Connecticut State Police have identified a good Samaritan who they said rescued a man from a burning vehicle in Stamford earlier this month. Troopers posted to social media a photo of the man, whom they said was a tow truck driver. In less than 24 hours, state police announced they had identified the man and thanked the public for their assistance. Late Tuesday night, they said they were able to identify him. However, he wished to remain anonymous. They said he rescued the driver on Sept. 4 around 5:25 a.m. The burning vehicle was on Interstate 95 at exit 9. While we understand admirable desire to remain anonymous as true hero's often do. One must wonder if he be willing to be recognized and accept the industries Hero Award.
  2. Search underway for tow truck driver in Madison hit-and-run crash RESOURCE LINK
  3. State police looking to identify tow truck driver who saved a man from a burning car on I-95 in Stamford STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut State Police are looking to identify a man who they say saved a person’s life after removing them from a burning car. Police said on August 4 around 5:30 a.m., a car caught on fire on I-95 near exit 9 in Stamford. The unknown man removed a man from a burning car and saved his life. State Police said the unknown man is a tow truck driver for an unknown company. If you know who this man is, you’re being asked to contact Sgt. Gray at roman.gray@ct.gov or Troop G at 203-696-2500. Follow Link below for image. RESOURCE LINK
  4. Man convicted of killing tow truck driver over $300 fee Paul Dakan, 36, died after he was shot in the head at a Denver impound lot in 2019. DENVER — A Denver jury on Friday convicted a man of first-degree murder for killing a man to avoid paying a $300 fee after his car was impounded, the Denver District Attorney's office announced. The verdict came down late Friday after about eight hours of deliberations and also included a guilty verdict on an additional charge of second-degree murder against Victor Arenas-Foote. Paul Dakan, 36, was killed in the morning hours of Dec. 15, 2019, while working in the impound lot of Elite Towing and Recovery near East 48th Avenue and Washington Street. Arenas-Foote was accused of shooting Dakan in the head and leaving with his car that had been impounded. Dakan was taken to the hospital but ultimately died from his injuries that same day. About 20 minutes after the shooting, deputies in Adams County located Arenas-Foote's vehicle near Northglenn Drive and Grant Street. They also recovered a .38 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Arenas-Foote is set to be sentenced on Nov. 12. RESOURCE LINK
  5. Tow Truck Driver Shot And Killed In Washington Park CHICAGO (CBS) — A tow truck driver was shot and killed in Washington Park Sunday morning, police said. The driver, a 27-year-old man, was attempting to provide service at about 3:51 a.m. in the 100 block of West 57th Street when an unidentified person shot him multiple times. The victim was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Nobody is in custody as Area One detectives investigate. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/09/19/tow-truck-driver-shot-and-killed-in-washington-park/ News Reports Stated: Eight people shot dead and 43 others wounded in Chicago over the weekend Updated: 9 killed, 52 others wounded in weekend shootings citywide
  6. Taunton man killed after truck crashes, dangles off overpass on I-495 MILFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a 24-year-old Taunton man was killed when his tow truck crashed on I-495 in Milford late Thursday night, according to Massachusetts State Police. Crews responded to the overpass at Route 16 around 11:30 p.m. and found the cab of the truck hanging off the edge of the bridge. The driver suffered fatal injuries, state police said. A 20-year-old Berkley woman was rescued from the cab and taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that the truck was driving northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, it veered out of its lane striking the median guardrail and coming to a rest up and over it. The truck leaked fuel onto the roadway below but has since been cleaned up. A crane was used to pull the cab back up onto the highway and the truck was then towed off the bridge. Both roads have since been reopened. No other cars were involved. State police say they are still investigating whether speed or inclement weather conditions were contributing factors. RESOURCE LINK
  7. Tow truck driver charged in hit-and-run death of a woman who stepped out of his moving vehicle in S. Minneapolis The driver left the scene but returned "some minutes later" to within a block of the incident only to leave again, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities have charged a tow-truck driver in the hit-and-run death of a woman who stepped out of his moving truck in south Minneapolis in August. Jordan A. Jewell, 26, of Arden Hills was charged in Hennepin County District Court last week with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the death of 42-year-old Stacy A. Morrison, of St. Paul, on Aug. 21. Jewell was jailed on Sept. 1 and remains held in lieu of $150,000 bail ahead of a Sept. 20 court appearance. A message was left Tuesday with his attorney seeking a response to the allegations. Jewell was employed for a few weeks with Cedar Towing and was a probationary employee until being fired "immediately when became aware of his violation of existing [workplace] protocols," said company spokeswoman Amy Koch, who added that Jewell was not in contact with Morrison for towing services. "Mr. Jewell ... was trained in Cedar Towing's strict policy that no passengers are allowed in the trucks," Koch said. According to the criminal complaint: Police and paramedics were sent to S. Bloomington Avenue and E. Lake Street, where Morrison was down in the street and soon declared dead. Surveillance video showed a Cedar Towing truck heading south on Bloomington toward Lake shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 21, when the passenger door opened and Morrison "exited the moving tow truck and was then struck by the back tires," the complaint read. Jewell drove off but returned "some minutes later" to within a block of the incident only to leave again, the complaint continued. Police contacted Jewell's employer, Cedar Towing, and confirmed the driver's identity. A towing dispatcher said Jewell returned to the business and mentioned that a woman had jumped into his truck. Jewell told police that he picked up Morrison and she soon got out as he kept driving. He denied being aware that he ran over her. When asked about returning to the scene, Jewell said he saw people gather there but didn't know why. Court records show Jewell has numerous convictions in Minnesota for theft and illicit drug offenses. His driving history also includes convictions for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, operating a motorcycle without proper licensing and driving with a suspended license. Jewell's license was valid at the time of the alleged hit-and-run. Explaining why Cedar Towing decided to hire Jewell, Koch said that Jewell had a nonviolent criminal background and "was approved to participate in an immersion program to stabilize and re-enter the community." RESOURCE LINK
  8. 1 killed in crash on Clearlake Road near Cocoa, troopers say Tow truck, pickup crashed at King Street COCOA, Fla. – One person died Friday when a tow truck and a pickup truck crashed in the Cocoa area, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers responded to the scene at 4:20 p.m. on Clearlake Road and King Street for a crash involving a Chevy pickup and Ford Tow Truck. According to the crash report, the pickup was driving east on State Road 520 (King Street) in the left turn lane and the tow truck was driving west on S.R. 520 approaching Clearlake Road. When the pickup attempted to make a left turn onto Clearlake Road it entered into the path of the tow truck. The tow truck struck the right side of the Chevy pickup. The 64-year-old driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead on scene. The 28-year-old driver of the tow truck suffered minor injuries. Troopers have not identified the victim or the vehicle they were driving. No other information was available at the time of this report. The crash remains under investigation. RESOURCE LINK
  9. Phoenix police investigating after tow truck driver was found shot and killed RESOURCE LINK UPDATED 09.04.21 Family heartbroken and pleading for help following murder of tow truck driver RESOURCE LINK with video
  10. Truck collides with train in Lake Worth Beach A large truck was severely mangled after hitting a train early Thursday in Lake Worth Beach. It happened near South Dixie Highway between 12th Avenue and 14th Avenue. No injuries were reported as of Thursday afternoon. WPEC-News Channel 12 reported that, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the truck stopped on the tracks for an unknown reason, but was not inside the truck at the time of the crash. Removal of the wreckage took hours, leading to traffic delays. Images appeared to show the cab of the truck with major damage to its front-end, off to one side of the track, while the train sits on the track. It’s unclear if the truck had an attached trailer at the time of the crash. Video from WPTV-Ch. 5 showed firefighters spraying foam on the truck’s cab to prevent fire, while deputies inspected the wreckage. RESOURCE LINK with video
  11. Woman Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter After Slamming Into Tow Truck Operator, Knocking Him Off Overpass Tow truck driver killed while working on Dallas High 5 DALLAS - A tow truck driver was hit and killed on the Dallas High 5 interchange in North Dallas overnight. Dallas police said it happened around 10 p.m. as the driver was hooking up a disabled car on the ramp from Interstate 635 to the Central Expressway. The car was hit from behind by an SUV and the man was knocked over a railing. He fell about 50 feet to the road below where he was hit by several cars. Police said the tow truck’s flashing lights were on at the time. The woman who caused the crash was arrested and will face charges of intoxication manslaughter. RESOURCE LINK Updated Aug. 31st 11:30pm DALLAS — Updated at 11:02 p.m. with the tow truck driver's name. A tow truck driver was struck and killed on a High Five overpass in north Dallas on Monday night, and a suspect has been arrested, police said. Denise Chantel Alford, 35, faces an intoxication manslaughter charge in the crash, according to a police news release. The crash happened about 9:45 p.m. on the overpass from LBJ Freeway to southbound U.S. 75. The tow truck driver, later identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office as 35-year-old Garry McGee, was hooking up a vehicle to his truck when Alford, who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe west on LBJ, struck the vehicle, police said. The collision knocked McGee off of the overpass and onto the freeway below, police said. McGee died at the scene. Garry McGee DFW Area Light Up 'Final Ride' held for tow truck driver killed by intoxicated woman FT. WORTH, Texas – In a heartfelt gesture for one of their own, tow truck drivers held a processional “Final Ride” for a man killed while doing his job. Garry McGee, an Army veteran, and tow truck operator, was killed on Aug. 30 while on the job. He had been hooking up a vehicle to his truck on LBJ Freeway. McGee was hit by a woman and thrown over the overpass and onto the freeway. She was later charged with intoxication manslaughter. FT. WORTH, Texas – In a heartfelt gesture for one of their own, tow truck drivers held a processional “Final Ride” for a man killed while doing his job. Volume 90% In a heartfelt gesture for one of their own, tow truck drivers held a processional “Final Ride” for a man killed on Aug. 30 - Raw Video Garry McGee, an Army veteran, and tow truck operator, was killed on Aug. 30 while on the job. He had been hooking up a vehicle to his truck on LBJ Freeway. McGee was hit by a woman and thrown over the overpass and onto the freeway. She was later charged with intoxication manslaughter. A “Final Ride” was held for Garry by numerous wrecker services, including his employer Apollo Wrecker Service. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. RESOURCE LINK with video
  12. WESTMORELAND — A utility pole was damaged on Valley View Road when some low hanging wires were hit by a passing vehicle Thursday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials. Sheriff’s deputies said Christopher Peck was driving a tow truck pulling a trailer loaded with an excavator on Valley View Road at about 2 p.m. when the truck and excavator hit the low hanging wires. Deputies said Peck was able to get out of the vehicle without injury. The road was closed temporarily to repair the utility pole and wires, authorities said. RESOURCE LINK
  13. 2 in critical condition after traffic accident in Macon The crash happened on Eisenhower Parkway at Brad Walsh Parkway just before 10 p.m. MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) —A man and woman are in critical condition after colliding with a tow truck Friday night. The crash happened on Eisenhower Parkway at Brad Walsh Parkway just before 10 p.m. Bibb County investigators say a Kitchen’s Towing Wrecker hit a Honda CRZ making a left onto Brad Walsh Parkway from Eisenhower Parkway. The driver of the Wrecker was taken to Atrium Health Navicent and listed in stable condition. The male driver and female passenger in the Honda were taken to Atrium Health Navicent, and listed in critical condition at this time. The traffic accident is under investigation. RESOURCE LINK
  14. LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Two people are dead and one is critically wounded after a wreck on the Florida Turnpike on Friday night. Troopers say a Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on the Turnpike around 10 p.m. when the driver hit a tow truck operator trying to hook up a disabled vehicle. The tow truck driver was killed instantly. The driver and passenger of the pick-up were thrown when the truck overturned. The 34-year-old driver died. His young female passenger was taken to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital. RESOURCE LINK with video
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