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  1. A tow truck procession is planned while a hit-and-run driver is still on the run AMADO, Ariz. — Police are still looking for 32-year-old Justin Lang. They say he crashed his car killing two men in a discount tire parking lot on the 10th. One of the victims was a tow truck driver who leaves behind a family, friends and a fiancé. Mary Breijak says Rick Struble was the kind of guy that made faces out his tow truck window to make kids laugh, loved to fish, and had a voice as deep as the Jolly Green Giant's. “He was a lot of fun, we're going to miss him,” said Mary. Rick met Mary in Michigan. They had a lot of adventures over the last 12 years. We decided to come back here, and we sold all our possessions together and we bought this rinky-dink RV and it took us 3 1/2 months to get here from Michigan because we would break down every 100 miles.” They got engaged just three months ago. “We were just starting to talk about weddings and stuff.” Mary says Rick died doing a job he loved. “Every six minutes a tow truck driver will die from a car running into them or an accident.” Rick was in a discount tire parking lot dropping off a car for a customer when police say a hit and run driver lost control, plowed into the parking lot and fatally struck the two men. Mary says she is overwhelmed by the support she's gotten from the community. “I am so honored. Rick would be embarrassed he's very modest. He'd be embarrassed, but I am so blown away the kindness of everyone blows me away. Thank you.” RESOURCE LINK "note there is an error in the story. It should read Every 6 days a Tow Truck Driver will die.
  2. Started Work with Mikels Towing & Recovery on June 12th, 2019 February 24, 1995 – June 21, 2019 Dylan Walker Kern, 24, of Bedford, passed away Friday morning, June 21, 2019. Born February 24, 1995, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford, he was the son of Mark Kern and Tena (Porter) Kern. He married Mary (McCameron) on May 4, 2019. and she survives. He was a wrecker driver at Mikels Services Inc. He was an avid fisherman and softball player. He was a member of the former Community Baptist Fellowship. Dylan is survived by his wife, Mary of Bedford; step-children, Alexxandrya and Isabella Hudson; his mother Tena Kern of Bedford; one brother, Andrew Kern (Kelsey Allbright) of Bedford; paternal grandparents Corky and Beverly Kern of Bedford; aunts, Susan Gales (Roger) and Teresa Saunders all of Bedford, and Kathy Morgan (Doug) of Orleans; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved dog, Bentley. He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Kern and his maternal grandparents, James and Karen Porter. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bedford with Pastor Eric Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sherwood Oaks Christian Church Bedford. RESOURCE LINK Cause of death reported by "Erie United Methodist Church" as vehicular accident. No Details
  3. An Amado tow truck driver who lost his life June 10 will be honored Sunday during a memorial ride organized by other tow truck drivers. More than 30 tow trucks will line up at the Longhorn Grill in Amado at 11 a.m. and make their way north to the Discount Tire on Oracle Road in Tucson where Richard "Rick" Struble, 57, was killed in a hit-and-run crash, organizer Laurie Flynn said. Once there, participants will pay their respects to Struble's fianceé, Mary Breijak. Flynn's boyfriend, Robert Woodbury, worked with Struble, and he and another friend, Jeff Adamson, put together the event, Flynn said. "We knew him and wanted to do something as the tow truck community," she said. "We felt we had to do something for him, like a final road trip, because his life was cut short." Breijak said everyone has gone "above and beyond" to help her during this horrible time. "Oh my, honey. My heart is so full, it's overflowing. You wouldn't believe it," she said Friday. "This community has been outstanding. I love this area." According to Tucson police, Justin Lang, 32, was traveling east on West Simmons Road at a high rate of speed around 10 p.m. June 10. Although Simmons ends at Oracle Road, Lang continued across all six lanes of Oracle and drove directly into the parking lot of the Discount Tire located just south of Prince Road, police said. The vehicle, a 2001 BMW 740 iL, struck a tow truck, Struble and Ramon Murillo III, 32, as they were standing in the parking lot. Murillo died at the scene and Struble died shortly after arriving at a hospital, TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Police said Lang fled east on foot through an apartment complex and has not been found. Lang is also wanted for absconding while on parole. He was released from prison in November in an aggravated assault case. Struble, who worked for Luna's Auto Service and Towing in Amado, was helping Murillo, who got a flat tire near a Border Patrol checkpoint and didn't have a spare, Jesse Luna said. RESOURCE LINK
  4. This Report is Every Tow Truck Drivers Worst Fear: ------------------------------------ A man died early Saturday after being struck by a tow truck on northbound Interstate 680 near Walnut Creek, according to the California Highway Patrol . Officers responded to a report around 1 a.m. of a tow truck hitting a pedestrian in the middle lane of I-680, just north of N. Main Street, said Sean Wilkenfeld, a CHP spokesman. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified. Officials said the tow truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The driver and a passerby told CHP that the man had been running across the freeway before the collision. “We have ruled out drugs or alcohol on the driver’s part,” Wilkenfeld said. Investigators are awaiting a toxicology report from the Contra Costa County coroner’s office to determine if the victim was under the influence. The incident closed all lanes of the freeway for an hour and a half as officials investigated the scene. RESOURCE LINK
  5. JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Jackson Police Department is investigating after a man was stabbed at the Jackson Impound Lot Garage Thursday morning. According to a tweet from JPD, the stabbing happened just before 10 a.m. on Michael Avalon Street. By Waverly McCarthy | June 20, 2019 at 11:08 AM CDT - Updated June 20 at 11:08 AM JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Jackson Police Department is investigating after a man was stabbed at the Jackson Impound Lot Garage Thursday morning. According to a tweet from JPD, the stabbing happened just before 10 a.m. on Michael Avalon Street. A man was transported with a non life-threatening injury to his upper body after a fight with another man. By Waverly McCarthy | June 20, 2019 at 11:08 AM CDT - Updated June 20 at 11:08 AM JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Jackson Police Department is investigating after a man was stabbed at the Jackson Impound Lot Garage Thursday morning. According to a tweet from JPD, the stabbing happened just before 10 a.m. on Michael Avalon Street. A man was transported with a non life-threatening injury to his upper body after a fight with another man. The suspect has been detained. This is a developing story. We will update this as more information becomes available. RESOURCE LINK
  6. Not to mention the Rollback is chased down and stopped as it rolls away.
  7. 06.20.19 "The Old Motor" website feature image was taken by the Budd Manufacturing Company Photography Department which documented the production and manufacturing operations of the Dodge Brothers car and truck bodies in its Philadelphia, PA, plant. This photo was taken at the scene of an accident involving a Dodge four-door sedan to show just how well the Budd bodywork and structural members held up in an accident. A conventional metal covered wood-framed auto body probably would have suffered from broken rear door and quarter panel framework and more deformation than this all-steel coachwork sustained. Help us identify the tow truck in the enlargement (below) and share with us what you find of interest in the photos via reader Doug Walters a member of the Dodge Brothers Club. The Rest of The Story Enlargement (below) of the chain driven tow truck used to haul the Dodge from the scene of the accident. It appears this machine may be a circa 1908 to ’10 Fiat open fronted limousine or touring car converted into a wrecker. Note the dog on top of the cowl of the body. This entry was posted in Auto photos 1885 - 1920, Auto photos 1921 - 1942 and tagged All Steel Body, Budd Manufacturing Co., Dodge Brothers Cars, Dodge Brothers Club, Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia PA. RESOURCE LINK
  8. Trapped beneath vehicle, man dies at Franklin auto and towing shop FRANKLIN — A 49-year-old man was fatally injured Wednesday in a workplace accident, police said. The Franklin Fire Department was called shortly after 4 p.m. to respond to Beauchine Auto and Towing at 392 N. Main St. for a report of a man trapped beneath a vehicle. Police said Donald Eastman of Franklin was an employee of the company. When first responders arrived, they found him pinned beneath a passenger car attached to a wrecker. As firefighters worked to free Eastman, Franklin Fire Chief Mike Foss said, they called for a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter but canceled it after determining he was dead. The Tilton-Northfield Fire Department also responded to the scene. Franklin police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the mishap and notified the state Medical Examiner’s office, the Merrimack County Attorney and the New Hampshire State Police truck team. Police said the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has been notified of the accident. Foss said the incident reinforces the need to take all safety precautions when working around heavy equipment. City assessing records list the property owner as Robert F. Beauchine. RESOURCE LINK UPDATED: Police identify man killed while working at Franklin auto shop A man who was killed after being trapped under a vehicle at a Franklin auto shop Wednesday afternoon has been identified. Police say Donald Eastman, 49, of Franklin was working at Beauchine Auto and Towing at 392 N. Main St. when he became trapped under a passenger vehicle. An employee from the shop called 911 and fire crews responded around 4 p.m., Franklin Fire Chief Mike Foss said. Crews used a tow truck on scene to move the vehicle and called for a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter, Foss said. They canceled the helicopter after determining that Eastman was dead. A spokesperson from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration said the organization is looking into the incident. Foss said the accident underscores the need take safety precautions when working around heavy equipment. The Franklin Police Department is investigating the incident with the assistance of state police and Merrimack County Attorney’s Office. The Franklin Fire Department was assisted Wednesday by local law enforcement and the Tilton Northfield Fire Department. The Franklin Police Department has set up a GoFundMe page to help Eastman’s family pay for funeral expenses. “Donald was a long time employee of Beauchines and was well liked by everyone,” the page reads. “In an effort to assist the family, this page was created, and any donation will be greatly appreciated.” RESOURCE LINK @beauchine towing
  9. UPDATE: Driver is Fine, No Injuries & light Damage to the unit. More to follow.. There are no details at this time, only a video posted on FB.
  10. Click here to Pledge your support for the Run for the Fund Event and we hope to see you in Chattanooga this year. Bring your Running Shoes... Bobby's Law Run for the Fund
  11. Tow truck plows into 12 cars in Windward Oahu after apparently losing brakes Four people were injured Wednesday, including one critically, when a large tow truck apparently lost its brakes on Kahekili Highway and plowed into 12 vehicles. June 12, 2019 at 5:35 PM HST - Updated June 12 at 5:35 PM RESOURCE LINK with video
  12. A proposed change to Mobile’s wrecker service ordinance was tabled by the city council on Tuesday after the director of public safety said there is a criminal investigation into possible price gouging by wrecker companies. The council tabled the proposal for the time being, as the investigation presses on, according to James Barber, the city’s executive director of public safety. “It started by looking into allegations of price gouging, and has now turned into a criminal investigation into several companies within the wrecker industry,” Barber said. “It is a criminal investigation at this point. We’ll complete the criminal investigation and come back and prevent this activity from happening again.” Barber added, “We will come back with a solid ordinance that provides fair fees.” Barber said the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office is part of the investigation RESOURCE LINK
  13. 06.11.19 - Middleton Fire Department posted on their FB Page: at approximately 1130 the RECC received calls for a car into the pool at 36 Village Road.Crews arrived to find an suv teetering on the edge of the pool. The two occupants had been helped out by bystanders and they were not injured. The vehicle ended up slipping all the way into the pool. Coadys’ wrecker was called to lift the vehicle out of the water. Crews stood by for the removal of the vehicle.The operators from Coadys’ did a great job and made the removal of the vehicle look easy . Luckily there were no injuries, but the pool will be closed for a while. RESOURCE LINK
  14. Updated 06.12.19 - One of the two victims killed Monday night in a hit-and-run crash on Tucson's north side was an Amado truck driver. Richard "Rick" Struble, 57, worked for Luna's Towing for more than 20 years. Owner Jesse Luna said Struble managed the business when he was on vacation. Authorities are searching for a driver who police say fatally struck two men and then fled the scene on Tucson's north side Monday night. Shortly before 9:50 p.m., the driver was traveling along West Simmons Road when they lost control, crossed into Discount Tire and hit the two men in the parking lot at 3760 North Oracle Road, near Oracle and Prince roads, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. One of the men was a tow truck driver helping the other man with his vehicle when the collision occurred, Dugan said. Dugan said one of the men was pronounced dead on scene. The other died shortly after arriving to a hospital. Detectives have not released the names of the men. Personnel from the Tucson police and Pima County Sheriff's departments are searching for the driver of the vehicle who fled on foot from the scene. RESOURCE LINK UPDATED: Tucson police ID alleged driver in fatal hit-and-run crash Tucson police say they have identified the driver accused of killing two men in a hit-and-run pedestrian collision on the city’s north side June 10. Officers are searching for Justin Lang, 32, who is wanted on suspicion of two counts of manslaughter in the crash that killed Ramon Murillo, 32, and Richard Struble, 57. Lang is accused of losing control of a 2001 BMW 740iL eastbound on West Simmons Road and crashing into the two men in the parking lot of Discount Tire at 3760 N. Oracle Road, near West Prince Road, a police news release said. Struble was a tow truck driver dropping off Murillo’s vehicle when the collision happened shortly before 10 p.m. RESOURCE LINK
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