Towing Equipment Search:

Two Towing Operators Injured and Killed in Christmas Roadside Incidents

Dec 28th, 2018 | By | Category: Spotlight

A Colorado towing operator was seriously injured and a California operator was killed in Christmas Eve and Christmas day roadside incidents.

On Christmas Eve, a 51-year-old tow truck operator was struck by a vehicle while at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 52 near Longmont, Colo. According to news and police reports, as the operator was working at the scene an approaching four-passenger Honda hit him. He was taken to the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette with serious bodily injuries, and remained in the center as of December 27. The driver of the Honda that struck the operator had not been charged at press time, but a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol stated that charges are pending.

Juan Morga, 48, owner of Bob’s Towing in Stockton, Calif., was struck and killed by a 2001 GMC on Interstate 5 in Stockton at approximately 2 a.m., Dec. 25. News and police reports stated that Morga was loading a vehicle onto a tow truck when he was hit by the vehicle driven by Kylle Thomasson, 25, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Thomasson allegedly lost control of the GMC and veered onto the road shoulder, striking Morga and the tow truck before swerving back into traffic and hitting two additional vehicles.

In a complaint by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Thomasson has been charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence causing an injury and other charges. He is being held under $1 million bail.