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Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Tow Truck Driver Hit and Killed While Recovering a Disabled Vehicle

A Killeen, Texas tow truck driver was recently killed in the line of work. Be wary, not all drivers are familiar with – or follow – “move over” laws. And the St. Louis truck accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to remind you of the dangers.

A Careless Driver
One May morning, thirty-nine-year-old Scott Bowles, a vehicle recovery specialist from Goodes Towing, was struck by a passing automobile as he attempted to recover a disabled vehicle just west of the Nola Ruth Bridge on I-14 westbound in Texas. Despite the flashing emergency lights of his tow vehicle, he was struck by a passing minivan.

An Avoidable Tragedy
The impact amputated his right leg below the knee. Transported to Seton Medical Center, he later succumbed to his injuries. Bowles leaves behind a wife and two sons, 8 and 18.

Law Ignored
Like Missouri, Texas has a “move over” or “slow down” law requiring motorists to vacate the lane closest to emergency vehicles when driving on a road with multiple lanes moving in a single direction. If a lane isn’t available, or they prefer, they must slow down by at least 20 mph. Are you familiar with Missouri’s “move over” law?

Have you or a loved one fallen victim to a careless driver? The St. Louis truck accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here in your time of need. Contact us today.