Tow truck drivers have a very dangerous profession. They have to rescue wrecked cars from any road, sometimes blocking traffic to do so. They have to walk around all sides of a vehicle to hook up chains and straps to pull out vehicles.
To aid them in this task, tow trucks are allowed to flash amber lights as a warning to drivers. By law, drivers are required to treat these like any other emergency light. When these lights are ignored, tragedy can happen like this case reported by ABC 10.
A suspected DUI driver crashed into a tow truck driver on I-5 and killed him according to the California Highway Patrol. The initial incident was reported to police near midnight on Saturday. Police say that a Chrysler mini-van crashed into the driver’s side of the tow truck and hit the driver as well. He was outside the vehicle at the time.
The tow truck driver was thrown into the roadway and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the mini-van did stay at the scene and said that he wasn’t hurt and that the warning lights of the tow truck were on at the time of the crash. Upon questioning, police saw signs of alcohol intoxication and arrested the man for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.