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Tow Operator Fatality - Texas 01/04/2018

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Another tow operator fatality is all over the news from Grand Prairie, Texas. The news reports a 41-year-old tow operator stopped to assist a motorist around 11:30 PM and was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle fled from the scene. A news photograph showed that the wrecker had its over-head amber lights activated. According to my numbers, that's 4x tow operators killed in the last 13x days in highway related events. I'm really getting dull seeing these operator fatalites happen over and over and knowing there's no end in sight. Christine and I send our prayers and condolences to the family and company of the tower killed. His name has been released and no suspect is in custody as of yet.    R.




Tow Truck Driver Killed in Hit-And-Run on Grand Prairie Interstate


A tow truck driver was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash while helping a stranded driver Thursday in Grand Prairie, police say.


The collision happened at about 11:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20, near the South Great Southwest Parkway overpass.

According to police, the tow truck operator had stopped to help a stranded driver when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The vehicle continued into Arlington and did not stop, investigators said.

The tow truck driver, identified as 46-year-old Keith Jermaine Holt, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

The investigation prompted the closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 through the night. All lanes were reopened at about 3:45 a.m.

Friday afternoon police said they believe the hit-and-run driver was in a white or multi-colored 2012-2015 Nissan Altima that will likely now have damage to the right front portion of the vehicle. Police said pieces of the vehicle found at the scene indicate the vehicle had been painted and that the passenger side mirror, which is white, is broken.

Police said investigators were checking traffic and security cameras for any images of the car that struck the man.

Investigators noted the stranded driver did not see the crash happen and was unable to provide an account of what happened.



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