||Andrew Smith, heavy
wrecker operator for HJ Towing & Recovery and firefighter, was
killed when a tractor-trailer driver failed to move over for him while
he was assisting a disabled pickup truck on Route 581 westbound around Mile
Marker 7.0 in Lemoyne PA. The accident occured just after midnight on
January 4th, 2012. Andy was loading a Dodge Ram pickup onto a rollback
when tractor-trailer, driven by a 63-year old from NY, struck and
killed him. The truck was so close he took the mirror off the rollback.
Andy leaves behind a
son, Chandler who was 3 years old at the time of the accident.
|Andy's death impacted
every tow operator, police officer, firefighter, and anyone else who
knows the dangers of working along side a busy interstate. In most
states it is a law to move over or slow down for emergency personel
working on the highway, however many people are not aware of this law.
According to the National Safety Commission, more than 71% of Americans
have not heard of "Move Over" laws. We hope Andy's story will help
lower that number and people will remember to Slow Down and Move Over
for anyone on the side of the road. Tow truck operators, police, fire,
EMS, and even just someone changing their tire on the highway. Please
give us space!
PA Steer Clear Law
Letter to Wall Of The Fallen
Andy's Memorial Video (submitted by Amber L.)
Tow Truck Drivers Face Deadly Hazards (Patriot-News)
Friends and Family Mourn Tow Truck Driver (Patriot-News)
truck drivers death highlights need to follow law (Patriot-News)
highlights danger face by tow truck drivers (abc 27)
Coroner Identifies Tow Truck Driver Killed (WGAL News)
Andrew C. Smith funeral (Penn Live Photos)
Parade of tow trucks gathered as tribute (abc 27)
Tow truck drivers from across PA attend funeral (VIDEO-WFMZ)
Respect Tow Truck Operators (Facebook Page)
The Towman's Prayer
Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embrace the universe; watch over all those in towing.
Protect them from harm in the performance of their duty on our roadways all around the world.
We pray, help them keep safe both day and night.
We recommend them to your loving care because their position is dangerous.
Grant them unending strength and expertise in their daily assignments.
Dear God, look after your brothers and sisters.
Grant them your almighty protection and unite them safely with their families at the end of the day.
January 2nd - Joseph Ricciardelli - Boynton Beach, FL
January 4th - Andrew Smith - Duncannon, PA
January 17th - Paul Rocheleau - LaSalle, Ontario, CANADA
February 15th - Geoffrey Clark - Sydney, Australia
February 27th - Claude Cash - Madison Heights, VA
March 20th - David Robinson Jr. - Auburn, CA
March 30th - Jesus Salcedo - Colton, CA
April 5th - Adam Moody - Pontiac, MI
April 12th - James Coffey - Timmonsville, SC
April 17th - David Bense Sr. - St. Louis, MO
May 4th - Jose Martinez - Dallas, TX
May 6th - Corddaryl Henley - Buffalo, NY
May 10th - Max Vallejo - Chicago, IL
May 18th - Randall Littlejohn - Elk Mountain, WY
June 28th - Charles P. Oswald - Schnecksville, PA
July 7th - Howard White - Bagdad, KY
July 9th - Scott Hinchliffe - Madeira Beach, FL
July 14th - Herol Sinong - Serian, Malaysia
July 21st - Terry McCart - Jacksonville, FL
July 24th - Billy Wayne Wooten - Greenville, TX
July 27th - Travis Lee Danner - San Antonio, TX
July 28th - Charles Rash Sr. - Humble, TX
August 1st - Winston Gant - Chattanooga, TN
August 27th - Blake Gresham - Smithville, MO
August 30th - Gregory Alan Parker - Picayune, MS
September 9th - Cory Salisbury - Amherstburg, Ontario, CANADA
September 21st - Clifton Scott - Kansas City, MO
September 29th - Stany Noiset - Germany
September 29th - William Houck - Columbus, OH
October 6th - James Johnson - North Bend, OH
October 6th - Ken Kallmeyer - Villa Hills, KY
October 31st - David Scarborough - Woodland Mills, TN
November 4th - John Junior Colville - Wilmington, NC
November 19th - Larry Schofield - Gillette, WY
November 20th - Todd Showell - Sumter, SC
November 24th - Timothy Kimble - Birmingham, ATL
December 8th - Shaun Riddle - San Diego, CA
December 8th - Faapuna Manu - Long Beach, CA
December 10th - Napoleon Ballard III - Keystone Heights, FL
December 14th - Randy Hartwig - Jones County, IA
December 16th - Jason Halstead - Snoqualmie Pass, WA