As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I think that some of the most tragic stories I hear about are the ones where someone is killed while they were simply trying to lend a helping hand. I came across this news report from King5 in which a tow truck driver was killed as he attempted to work on a disabled vehicle.
A Washington State trooper had responded to a single car collision on I-5 near Spokane Street and had called for a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the shoulder. As the tow truck driver was hooking up the disabled vehicle to his truck, an oncoming motorist lost control. The white SUV spun out of control and traveled from the far left lane and across all lanes to the right shoulder. The SUV struck the tow truck driver, killing him instantly, and fled from the scene immediately.
The State Trooper was still at the scene and saw the whole thing happen. He stated, “That vehicle then spun around in the freeway so he was facing the wrong direction on the left shoulder. So he could clearly see what had happened because the tow truck driver was laying in the middle of the freeway after he had gotten hit,” he said in this news report. State troopers caught up to the suspect at the next freeway offramp and arrested both the driver and passenger, both males from Seattle. Investigators believe that alcohol or drugs played a role in this fatal car accident.