Family, colleagues remember tow truck driver killed in hit-and-run


by Alex Schuman

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 5:29 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Cameron Johnson talked to WHAS11 about his cousin, Jewan Turner, who was killed by an alleged drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident on Beulah Church Road July 3.

Turner was working as a tow truck driver and was working on a car when police said he was struck by Paula Oppel.

Sunday afternoon, fellow drivers from across the state came to honor their friend. Trucks came from Glasgow, Covington and Lexington just to show their support.

“It makes me feel great. [It] lets me know that he touched a lot of people,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of surprising but then to know the type of guy that he was it’s not – cause he’s a good person.”

Police have arrested Paula Oppel for driving under the influence, killing Turner, and leaving the scene.

“I’m definitely praying for her cause she’s definitely didn’t have her right mind,” Johnson said.

Johnson wants anyone who hears his cousin’s story to remember the loss and sadness caused by this accident next time they consider going for a drive after drinking.

“She woke up that day and didn’t think she would kill somebody drinking,” Johnson said. “Hopefully people have learned the seriousness of drinking and driving.”

Money collected from Sunday’s fundraiser will help pay for Turner’s funeral expenses.

Oppel remains in Metro Corrections on a $25,000 full cash bond.