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Gary Lynn Resnik, 52, Louisville, KY, 01.04.05


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The driver was in a Tri Marc/AAA Roadside Assistance Van which was fully equipt and he had his safety vest on. All the lights and vests in the world sometimes are just not enough. We place ourselves in just as much danger out there on the roads as others. This one was a bad one though since the fall you will read may have been what actually took his life.

Our Thought's are with his Family, Freinds and Co-workers as they deal with this loss.

LOUISVILLE -- A Louisville man who drove a van to help stranded drivers died Tuesday after being hit by a garbage truck.

The man, whose identity has not been released, drove a van for the American Automobile Association, and was helping during a traffic backup in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Shawnee split, WLKY NewsChannel 32's Allison Gardner reported.

The crash, which involved several cars, happened at about 9 a.m. The victim began directing traffic from the right lane, indicating to motorists to move over into the left lanes. A sanitation truck driver saw the victim too late, and when he tried to move over, he hit a cattle truck, spun out of control and hit the AAA truck, then hit the man.

The victim fell over the highway guardrail, and dropped 75 feet to his death. An autopsy will determine if the man died from the accident or the fall, Gardner reported.

"Many times, (AAA will) come and use their arrow boards, their yellow lights, their tools and know-how to help change flat tires or call someone for help," Metro Police Lt. Kelly Jones said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have questioned the driver of the santitation truck.

"It's certainly too early to tell if any charges will be filed in this case," Jones said.

I-64 was closed for several hours, but it will be days -- maybe weeks -- before the investigation is complete, Gardner reported.

"All factors are still in play at this point," Metro police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Gary Lynn Resnik

RESNIK, GARY LYNN, 52, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday. He was employed by AAA Kentucky, a Vietnam veteran with 21 years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps and a member of Middletown VFW Lodge #1170 and the American Legion Zachary Taylor Post. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Vicki; a daughter, Sanya Bowen; three sons, Gary Resnik Jr., Jason Resnik and Jordan Resnick; a brother, Michael Resnick of Sacramento, CA; his parents, Tony and Barbara Resnik of San Francisco, CA; and three grandchildren, Alyssa, Ashley and Shawn. His funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral, with cremation to follow. Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Friday at Arch L. Heady Westport Rd. at Herr Ln.


Originally created on Tow411 in 2005

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