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Tower Down - 05.31.23 (CA) "Updated 06.02.23"

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Tow truck driver hit and killed as he was helping motorist stuck on 5 Fwy near Glendale, CHP says



GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- A tow truck driver was hit and killed by a passing vehicle late Wednesday as he was helping a stranded motorist on the 5 Freeway near Glendale, authorities said.


According to the California Highway Patrol, the man, whose only been identified as a male in his 40s, was stopped on the southbound side of the 5 Freeway, helping a stranded driver.


As he was attempting to load up the vehicle onto his tow truck, he was struck by a Nissan Versa that was passing by.


The woman driving the Nissan, identified as Rachel Fewings, and the driver of the disabled vehicle remained at the scene, both of whom have been fully cooperative with officers, CHP said.


Investigators said alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash.


The cause of the collision remains under investigation.





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Tow truck driver killed on 5 Freeway identified


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities Friday identified a tow truck driver who was struck by a car and killed while he was tending to a disabled vehicle on the Golden State (5) Freeway near Griffith Park.


Paramedics were sent to the southbound 5 Freeway near Zoo Drive about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.


Presiliano Chavez, 41, of Sun Valley died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office and the California Highway Patrol.


According to the CHP, Chavez was struck by a 2012 Nissan Versa while he was assisting the driver of a vehicle that had become disabled.


"As (Chavez) was attempting to load up the disabled vehicle on the tow truck, (he) was struck by a passing vehicle," a CHP statement said.


The driver of the Nissan, 33-year-old Rachel Fewings of Los Angeles, remained at the scene, and she was not arrested, the CHP reported.


"Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash," the CHP said.




PRESILIANO CHAVEZ (October 16, 1981 – May 31, 2023)

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Sad to see that another tow op has been struck and killed by a distracted driver. Hope see is charged at the very least with failure to slow down and move over.

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This was my fiance/husband of 10 years and he left behind a 6yr. Old son. It is so sad that people will not respect the men and women out there risking  their lives everyday to keep THEM safe. It does not take alot to move over, slow down, she took my partner, my best friend, my support and my sons father figure, our lives will never be the same.

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