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Anna Findley is Gene Schofield's sister and, along with family, has been advocating for changes to Alabama's "Move Over" law. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

 

By Samantha Day | August 3, 2019 at 11:03 AM CDT - Updated August 3 at 1:39 PM

 

BUTLER COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Years after a tow truck driver was killed in Butler County, his family is advocating for to change Alabama’s “Move Over” law. That hard work is paying off.

 

“I’ve never felt so lost in my life. He was my only brother and now I don’t have him,” Anna Findley said back in 2016.

Her brother, Gene Schofield, was a tow truck operator for All About Towing in Montgomery. In March of 2016, while helping someone on the side of Interstate 65 near mile marker 123, he was struck by a car.

 

“Right before he was hit, he told the two drivers to step into the grass, because it was too scary on the interstate and just minutes later he was hit,” said Findley.

 

Since his death, Schofield’s family has been advocating for changes to Alabama’s “Move Over” law.

 

“We knew that if we didn’t say something, then this could happen to someone else and we are doing our part to try to raise awareness to prevent that from happening,” said Findley.

 

Anna Findley is Gene Schofield's sister and, along with family, has been advocating for changes to Alabama's "Move Over" law. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Their advocacy hasn’t gone unnoticed.

 

Just recently, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law naming a stretch of Interstate 65 in Gene Schofield’s honor.

“This year we had a bill passed where we basically dedicated that mile to Gene, so today we are unveiling that sign for the first time to the public,” said Findley.

 

After Schofield’s death family and lawmakers were able to pass two more bills. One requiring drivers to move over for state transportation and stranded drivers, and the other would increase fines for those breaking the move over law.

While the sign won’t bring her brother back, Findley hopes it serves as a reminder.

 

“I hope these signs are a consistent reminder of Gene and his legacy, as well as all first responders on the interstate," she said. "It is the scariest job.”

 

Original News Story from March 24, 2016:

A tow truck operator was killed Wednesday evening when he was struck by an SUV while helping another motorist on Interstate 65 near Greenville.

Gene Lee Schofield Jr., 27, of Fort Deposit was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Shawn Antonio Davis, 36, of Selma, according to Alabama state troopers. Schofield was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davis was arrested and charged with reckless murder.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Davis was under the influence of alcohol and violated the Move Over law.

Troopers say Scofield was assisting another motorist when he was struck by the SUV. The amber lights on his wreck were flashing.

The crash occurred at around 8:31 p.m. on Interstate 65 near the 123 mile marker, approximately four miles south of Greenville

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