Pedestrian Tow Truck Operator Struck and Killed by Drunk Driver While Rendering Assistance on Highway Roadside, Kentucky
Kentucky Case Report: 14KY033
Release Date: January, 27, 2016
On Thursday night, July 3, 2014, a 35-year-old tow truck driver and his 31-year-old male driver trainee arrived on the scene to assist a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle driver who needed his vehicle to be towed. The tow truck driver parked his towing unit in front of the Volkswagen Beetle on the eastbound shoulder of the roadway. The victim was operating the lift controls on the traffic facing side of the tow truck, when a 2002 Toyota Corolla struck the open driver’s side door of the Volkswagen, then struck the tow truck driver and the side mirror on the tow truck. The Toyota Corolla driver continued driving, while the Volkswagen driver called Emergency Medical Services. EMS arrived within four minutes and attempted to resuscitate the victim. The time of death was called at 11:54 pm at the scene.