TowZone Posted September 17, 2020 Share Posted September 17, 2020 Crash on I-20 kills tow truck driver A tow truck driver was killed this morning on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County at the site of an earlier accident. The first crash in the early morning blocked a lane of eastbound Interstate 20 at Cobham Road. A tow truck driver was attempting to load a vehicle after that crash and was was struck by another. The vehicle that struck the driver left the scene and Georgia State Patrol troopers were attempting to locate it. The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that a lane of the interstate was closed for a time due to that crash. RESOURCE LINK Updated: © Provided by Augusta-Aiken WRDW-TV A family of a tow truck driver says he was the sole victim in a hit-and-run incident on Interstate 20 Thursday morning. ‘Just please move over’ Family of tow truck driver grieves after fatal hit-and-run AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A family is heartbroken after a father of four was killed Thursday morning in a hit-and-run incident on Interstate 20. The accident happened on I-20 at Cobham Road in McDuffie County. The sole victim, Jason Willis, leaves behind a wife and several young children, one of whom passed away to SIDS last year. Willis' wife, Victoria, says she knew something was off when she woke up this morning. Jason hadn’t come home from work, and she had gotten worried. “I texted him and asked him what he was doing, just to see if he responded. But he didn’t respond,” Victoria said. That’s when she immediately knew something was wrong. “I tracked his phone to the side of the interstate where I met the coroner. Instantly when you meet a coroner, you know someone’s not walking away. I knew it was my husband,” she said. When Willis' family arrived at the scene, the coroner confirmed what Victoria feared. “Me and my kids sat on the side of the road for a little while,” she said. Georgia State Patrol says Jason was loading up a car when he was killed. Victoria says that’s something she’s always worried about. She works with Jason at Wayne’s Towing, and has seen too many close calls while out on the road with him. “That’s scary to know that someone almost hits your husband and then one morning you wake up to find out somebody did hit your husband, and they did not stop,” she said. Victoria says he was a compassionate man who would’ve given the shirt off his back. She says he loved his job and took pride in being a first responder, even though not everyone thinks of tow truck drivers that way. “They’re helping your family or you to make sure you get to tell your kids goodnight, to feed your baby, to make sure you get home to your wife and your husband,” Victoria said. And she has a simple plea for anyone who sees a tow truck on the side of the road. “Just please move over. Those are somebody’s parents. Those are somebody’s kids. And now my kids have to grow up without their father,” she said. Georgia Highway Patrol is still searching for the suspect in this hit-and-run. If you have any information about the incident, call their office at (404) 624-7451. RESOURCE LINK with video ADDED: An Aiken tow truck driver was involved in a fatal crash Thursday morning on Interstate 20 East in McDuffie County, Georgia. Eugene Jennings Willis III, 31, was attempting to load a vehicle on the south shoulder of the roadway by mile marker 177 around 5:45 a.m. when a vehicle crossed the fog line and struck Willis, according to Lt. Stephanie Stallings with the Georgia State Patrol. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene and there is no information on the hit and-run vehicle at this time, Stallings said. The investigation is ongoing by troopers of Post 25-Grovetown and members of Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team E. Willis, also known as Jason, worked at Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center in Aiken. Social media comments came pouring in on Thursday in memory of Willis. A post in memory of Willis had over 300 comments, with many sending prayers and love to the family. One comment read, “What an amazing man is was. He was a super hard worker. He will be missed dearly. Prayers for his family and yours.” Another said, “I’m heartbroken to hear this news! keeping all of y’all in my thoughts. can’t believe this happened. he didn’t deserve this.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for his family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-of-jason-willis. RESOURCE LINK Wayne's Towing Recovery & Transport Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/WaynesTowingRecoveryHauling Eugene "Jason" Jennings Willis, III A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, September 21, 2020 at New Spring Church, Aiken Campus, with Pastor Matt Steelman officiating. Interment will be private. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a mask will be required at the service. The service will be livestreamed on the Shellhouse Funeral Home Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/srfhandsfh). Additional Obit Information can be found here: www.shellhousefuneralhome.com/obituary/eugene-jason-willis-iii A GoFundMe page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-of-jason-willis At this time nearly $10,000 has been raised. Almost twice the original goal. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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