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Tow Truck Struck - 1 Dead - 12.08.22 (TX) "Updated 12.09.22"


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1 dead after Jeep crashes into tow trucks attempting to remove car in Galleria area


One man died in a four-vehicle crash early Thursday in the Galleria area, Houston Police Department officials said.


Two tow trucks were attempting to get a driver and her Lexus out of the road on the 2300 block of West Loop South, when a Jeep ran into a tow truck, killing the Jeep driver, Houston police spokesperson John Cannon said. Officers had arrived at the scene around 2 a.m. and found the Lexus stopped in a moving lane of traffic. Both tow trucks had emergency lights on as they attended to the Lexus.


Upon impact with the Jeep, one of the tow trucks hit the other tow truck in front of it. Officers and the tow truck drivers attempted CPR on the Jeep driver, who was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics. The tow truck drivers were not injured, Cannon said.


The woman driving the Lexus was possibly intoxicated and has been detained, Cannon said. She may be charged with driving while under the influence pending consultation with the District Attorney’s Office. 



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Will Texas SDMO law be challenged when it comes to tow trucks blocking for another in live lanes? The article doesn't include those details that eventually will bring focus in a wrongful death suit. It will be an interesting case to follow as "blocking for others" has been debated at length on tow forums. I'm thankful that the towers on-scene weren't injured and I salute their efforts to administer CPR.

Randall C. Resch

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The difference would be when one unit is blocking for another unit hooking up on the side of the road. Specifically when that second unit is into the live lane, which would constitute blocking. In the incident described above the Lexus was disabled in the roadway and the units were attempting to move it. In the situation it would be impossible not to block traffic otherwise the vehicle being removed would be struck. Some have said they would have the driver of the disabled vehicle move away from it and wait for a marked police unit. That also opens the tow unit up to liability. There just is not anyway around it as an attorney will go after everyone involved. That is even when every precaution is being taken and there is a SDMO Law in the state.

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 21-year-old woman was arrested and charged with DWI after a deadly crash on the West Loop near Westheimer in the Galleria area, one of the busiest interchanges in the city, early Thursday morning.


Authorities on Friday identified Arllette Anahi Reyes as the driver.


The video above is from ABC13's initial reporting on the crash.


Houston Transtar first reported the wreck at about 1:30 a.m. All lanes on the West Loop southbound near Westheimer in the Galleria area were shut down until about 5:45 a.m.


According to the latest facts from police, officers were first called to a traffic hazard and saw a silver Lexus RX300 stopped in a moving lane of traffic.


Two wreckers with their emergency lights on were parked behind the SUV, and while trying to remove Reyes and her vehicle, they were hit by another driver in a black Jeep Cherokee.


Authorities said the Jeep driver hit one truck, causing the wrecker to hit the other tow truck in front of it.


After the crash, officers and the tow truck drivers performed CPR on the 49-year-old Jeep driver.


He died at the scene. His identity has not been released.


No one else was injured.


Reyes was detained and showed signs of intoxication, police said.


The investigation is ongoing.


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