Family of tow truck driver killed while helping motorist speaks


by Renee Murphy

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 5:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A life cut short, but his life was filled with service.

“My son died an honorable death,” Jenell Turner, mother of tow truck driver, Jewan Turner, said.

Jewan Turner was killed by a suspected drunk driver last week when he was helping a stranded motorist off Beulah Church Road, at the Gene Snyder.

“That she could leave and leave my baby on the ground dead and go on home, that floors me,” Jenell Turner said.

Jenell Turner said she is also shocked by the number of tow truck drivers struck and killed on the job by passing motorists.

“When I see the statistics it blew me away it really did. I feel that tow truck drivers don’t get the same type of security on the freeway as if they were a police officer,” Jenell Turner said.

From 2000 to 2005, 130 tow truck operators were killed in tow related incidents, according to incident reports from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Of those crashes 35 drivers were killed while in the emergency lane and 12 were hit by suspected drunk drivers or in a hit-and-run.

“When you see flashing lights you are supposed to move over, just like a stop on a side of a bus,” Jenell Turner said.

The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program is pushing for more increased awareness of the "Move Over Law" in the Bluegrass.

Drivers are supposed to move over a lane when they see a tow truck pulled over.

But Jewan Turner's family said it believes that doesn't always happen for tow truck drivers.

“Yea, we need to have that respect, that same reverence,” Kyle Turner, Jewan’s father, said.

One life taken by what Jewan Turner's family said is one big problem.