Memorial ride for tow truck driver hit, killed by alleged drunk driver

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by Michaela MacDonald

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 5 at 8:19 AM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Friends of the tow truck driver hit-and-killed by an alleged drunk driver have planned a memorial. 

 
On Sunday, July 6th at 1:00 p.m. a caravan of cars and tow trucks will meet at the Bingo Palace on Dixie Highway and drive down the Snyder to the scene and back. Donations will be accepted to help pay for Turner’s funeral.
 
Late Thursday night, Jewan Turner, 35, was in the emergency lane working on a car off Beulah Church Road at the Gene Snyder when he was struck and killed. The driver who hit him drove off. Police arrested Paula Oppel an hour later and charged her with Turner's murder, DUI and leaving the scene. 
 
Turner's friend Gene Fultineer says Turner was on his last call of the night when he was hit.
 
"He is going to be very missed he did have  a lot of friends and he did donate a lot of his time to helping people. You know if you called him at  2:00 o'clock in the morning and you have a flat tire and you're one of his friends, he is going to come in the rain and help you. It wasn't just for his customers it was for everybody," said Fultineer. 
 
Fultineer is hoping other tow truck drivers will participate in the ride to remind all drivers to slow down and move over. 
 
"What we are trying to do is get some donations to help the family with the burial and any other expenses they may have. We plan on starting at the bingo hall on Dixie Highway and Gene Snyder we are going to start there kind of meet there. We are going to start there, go out the Gene Snyder turn around and come back in to where we started off at. Just kind of get everybody together and bring awareness to the fact that this is a dangerous job it really is and let people know not to take it for granted when you are going down the road and see the flashing lights, scoot over a little bit. Give us some space," said Fultineer. 
 

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