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Beaumont, Texas Police Officer Killed When Struck by Chase Suspect
A capital murder warrant was issued for a suspect that allegedly struck and killed a Beaumont police officer who was standing outside of his patrol car during a chase late Friday. Police said 36-year-old Bryan Hebert, a 10-year veteran of the Beaumont Police Department, was trying to stop John Nero on Dowlen Road near Ivanhoe, close to Phelan, around 10:40 p.m. when the incident occurred. Police said Hebert had stopped and gone to the back of his unit to pull out spike strips to stop Nero, 30, who was driving a 2008 Maroon Dodge Nitro. Police said Nero intentionally struck the front of the Hebert’s unit head-on, pushing the back of the patrol unit into the officer while he was still behind it.
 
African Police Officer Hit, Killed at Roadblock
Lukas Elifas (37) from Oikango village in Oshana Region, who is accused of having hit and killed a female Police officer Albertina Uugwanga with his taxi appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate Court yesterday on charges of murder and attempted murder. Elifas ignored Police signs at the Oshiko roadblock early Sunday morning and bumped the officer who was manning the roadblock.
 
Wisconsin: Tow Truck Driver Struck and Killed on I-94
A tow truck operator is dead after being struck by a passing vehicle on Interstate 94 near Osseo, Wis. Monday morning. The Wisconsin State Patrol says the operator was attempting to remove a disabled vehicle from the interstate around 8:25 a.m. when the driver of a pickup traveling in the right lane hit him, and then hit the truck, which was parked in front of the disabled vehicle. A responding trooper and ambulance crew attempted life-saving measures but were ultimately unsuccessful. Initial reports say the emergency lights on the flatbed wrecker were operating, and the driver was wearing a reflective yellow jacket. The driver of the pickup stayed on the scene, and is said to be cooperating with investigators.
 
Ohio: Tow Truck Drivers Take Part In Procession To Remember One Of Their Own
John "Jack" Carpenter was struck and killed while helping a stranded driver on state Route 104 last month. On Thursday, October 9, 2014 tow truck drivers held a procession from the funeral home in Worthington to the cemetery off Sunbury Road in Columbus. Some of the tow truck drivers handed out hats as people arrived at the funeral. They all said "Slow Down, Move Over, It's the Law." They say in addition to saying goodbye to their friend, they wanted to spread an important message. Tow truck drivers say they have a passion for the job, and when they get the call, they just go. The call on Thursday was for help saying good-bye to one of their own.
 
Ohio: Tow-Truck Driver Killed While Doing his Job
Jack Carpenter had been towing cars for most of his life. He’d had lots of close calls out on the roads. Most wrecker drivers do. On Monday night, while hooking a woman’s broken-down car to his truck on the South Side, he became a chilling reminder of the dangers tow-truck drivers face on the job. Carpenter, 55, was on Rt. 104 near Lockbourne Road, working with his truck’s lights on, when a car drifted off the road about 9:15 p.m., Columbus police said. Carpenter was struck and killed. He is the second tow-truck driver to be killed on the job in Columbus in the past two years. Three other cars were struck on the berm, but no one else was injured, police said. The driver who hit Carpenter had 16 oxycodone pills in his pocket, according to a police report filed in Franklin County Municipal Court. Brian N. Spencer, 31, of 1942 S. Champion Ave. on the South Side, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs after he was treated at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. He was in the Franklin County jail yesterday. Additional charges could be filed after toxicology tests are completed, police said. Mark Jones, owner of A&A Towing, dispatched his friend of many years on the call 20 minutes before Carpenter was killed. “It’s a loss, I can tell you that,” Jones said. Carpenter, who lived on the North Side, had been working for Jones for the past four years but had been towing long before that. When he wasn’t towing, he loved playing cards. Everyone went home a little poorer after playing Texas hold ’em with Carpenter. He is survived by a daughter, siblings and his mother, Jones said. Drivers at Broad & James Autocare & Towing knew how Jones and his colleagues were feeling yesterday. One of their own, William Houck, 60, was hooking up a disabled vehicle along northbound I-71 when a drunken driver drifted off the road and killed him on Sept. 29, 2012. Last year, Thomas G. Frederick was sentenced to 81/2 years in prison for Houck’s death. Carpenter’s death “hits home,” Broad & James owner Tim Shriner said. “For everybody here, it hits especially hard.” In his business, drivers must remain alert to the speeding traffic that’s often inches away, Shriner said. “Cars are coming at you at 70-plus miles per hour,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do but do your best to get out of the way.” Jones would like to see police set up decoy trucks and ticket people who don’t move over, as required by law. And he’d like to see the fines doubled, just as they are in construction zones. “Slow down and move over, not just for us,” Jones said. “Any time you see amber lights, man, just get over.”
 
North Carolina: Tow Truck Driver Struck and Killed by Passing Semi-Ttruck
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly wreck on Highway 220 near Stoneville Tuesday night that killed a tow truck driver. Trooper S. F. Lynch said Jennifer Lyne Brown, 37, of Reidsville was loading a car with a blown tire that was partially in the right-hand lane onto her tow truck when she was struck by a semi-trailer. According to Lynch, the truck had its yellow warning lights on and Brown was wearing a reflective vest but the driver of the semi failed to move into the left lane.
 
Kentucky: Firefighter Struck and Killed
Jonathan French a Firefighter from Glendale (KY) was killed in the Line of Duty this mornings. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and a Glendale VFD fire apparatus on Interstate 65 in central Kentucky. The crash happened around 0400 in Hardin County near mile 91. Another Firefighter was critically injured. The injured firefighter was his mother Lisa French. Initial reports indicate they were operating at a car fire when the incident occurred.Much more details to follow. Our condolences to all affected. Other stories can be found at: http://www.whas11.com/news/KSP-working-fatal-accident-near-Glendale-exit-off-I-65S-270134371.html http://www.wave3.com/story/26209597/fatal-accident-involving-fire-truck-semi-on-65-south http://www.wlky.com/news/1-person-dead-after-semi-fire-truck-collide-on-i65-s/27330392?absolute=true http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mother-and-son-firefighters-injured-killed-in-interstate-crash/ http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2024252040_apxfiretruckcrash.html?syndication=rss
 
Georgia: Tow Truck Driver Killed on I-20
The fatal incident happened at about 2 p.m. Tuesday July 22, 2014 on the westbound side of the interstate near the Glenwood Avenue exit. A broken down Pontiac Grand Prix and a Ford F-450 tow truck were in the emergency lane when a Chevrolet Silverado drifted into the emergency lane and struck the driver, identified as Patrick Brownlee, 45, of Stone Mountain, who was standing outside of the vehicle preparing to load the Pontiac onto the tow truck. According to DeKalb County police, Brownlee was trapped underneath the axle of the truck. Police and fire crews worked to pull his body from the vehicle. Brownlee was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
New Jersey: Waldwick Officer Killed in Highway Struck-By Incident
A police officer operating radar on a New Jersey roadway was struck and killed by a tractor trailer Thursday, authorities said. Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was a five-year veteran of the force and recently engaged. He was working for the Waldwick Police Department when he was killed, officials said. A tractor trailer traveling down Route 17 struck the officer near Bergen Avenue about 1:30 a.m., according to John Molinelli, Bergen County prosecutor. It happened in Waldwick, a borough of about 9,600 in Bergen County. Other stories can be found at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/waldwick-police-officer-32-struck-killed-by-tractor-trailer-on-route-17-1.1052893 http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/07/17/waldwick-police-officer-killed-in-crash-with-tractor-trailer/
 
Kentucky: Tow Truck Driver Struck and Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver
The Jefferson County coroner has identified a Louisville tow truck driver killed in a hit and run in south Louisville Thursday night. Jewan Turner, 35, was in the emergency lane working on a car off Beulah Church Road, at the Gene Snyder, when the collision happened. Emergency crews tried to revive him, but he died at the scene. An hour later, police arrested Paula Oppel for Turner's murder. She remains at Metro Corrections on a $25,000 cash bond, charged with murder, DUI, and leaving the scene. She'll face arraignment Saturday morning. Other stories can be found at: http://www.wlky.com/news/woman-accused-of-driving-drunk-killing-tow-truck-driver-faces-judge/26810640 http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Memorial-planned-for-tow-truck-driver-killed-265869591.html
 
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