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Woman hit by tow truck while walking along highway after traffic stop dies (FL)


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HAINES CITY — A 44-year-old woman was hit and killed after she was struck by a tow truck early Saturday morning as she walked along U.S. 17/92 near Dyson Road in Haines City.


The woman was identified as Tammy Phipps of 519 Ronald Reagan Parkway in Davenport. The driver of the tow truck was Dennis Weatherford of 1815 Optimist Drive in Lakeland. He was uninjured and remained at the scene.


According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, an officer from Lake Alfred Police Department had stopped Phipps in her vehicle about midnight. There were two passengers in her vehicle, Josh Corbin and another person. The other person was determined to have an outstanding warrant and was arrested.


Phipps was given a notice to appear for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Phipps and Corbin said they would take an Uber ride to get home, said the Sheriff’s Office. About 2:12 a.m., according to reports, Weatherford’s white 2013 Dodge Ram wrecker belonging to Meyers Towing of Lake Wales was westbound in the outside land of U.S .17/92 when he hit something on the right side of his vehicle. He turned the vehicle around, and found Corbin standing next to Phipps, who was lying on the shoulder of the road, said the Sheriff’s Office.


According to reports, Phipps and Corbin were both wearing dark clothing and Phipps was walking behind Corbin along the shoulder of the roadway. The road was closed for four hours during the investigation, said the Sheriff’s Office.



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As reported by the Ledger news staff in this article, SHAME ON YOU for including the tow operator's home address. That violates all professional ethics and decency in journalism. SHAME ON YOu and you should be accountable for your irresponsible actions.

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Randall C. Resch

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Randy, I felt the same way. Really the Home Address as though the Tow Truck Driver was at fault.


The blame lays with the officer that allowed the subject to walk illegally on the highway. Who does that?


The stories relayed here are from a Bot Search cannot be altered.

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