Tow truck drivers promote Move Over Law
by Lisa Tome
Kerri Williams was just one person riding along in a procession of tow trucks making its way from Pennsylvania to Maryland on Wednesday, October 28.
Williams, of Perryville, brought an 8x10 photo of her late husband, Brian, along for the ride.
Brian Williams, a tow truck driver for Collette's Service Center, was killed Sunday, July 9, 2017. While preparing to tow a vehicle from I-95, he was struck and killed.
The Spirit Ride came to Cecil County and it's message, promoting awareness about the Move Over Law for first responders and tow truck drivers, was on everyone's mind. The American Towman Spirit Ride includes a series of tow trucks hauling a red, white, and blue casket in tribute to tow truck drivers who have been killed. The local leg of the journey included Perryville to Grasonville. There was a ceremony at Perryville Fire Company with speakers discussing the importance of the law.
"This means the world to me. It's not just about Brian.
It's about everyone, any emergency services workers. That's what this is for. If it saves somebody else's life then we accomplished something, my long term goal was met...This is breathtaking. It's painful. I love every one of these guys who took time out of their day to do this," said Kerri Williams.
Kris Musselman of Rising Sun works for Baltimore-based Ted's Towing.
He was one of those tow truck drivers who signed on to carry the symbolic empty casket. "This is somber. We lost a tow truck driver five years ago. It was hit and run. I'm proud to be involved with this," said Musselman.
"There needs to be more enforcement (of the Move Over Law) and it should be stressed in driver's education. My kids didn't learn about the Move Over Law in driver's ed. People need to slow down and move over. I think there is one tow truck driver killed every six or seven days. That's worse than firefighters and cops," said Musselman.
Will Cain, of Chesapeake Service Center of Elkton, organized the local leg of the Spirit Ride.
"To me, it's personal. I've lost six friends, all tow truck drivers in recent years. Three were local to us. Being an owner, it's a concern for my guys," said Cain.
Wednesday's event also included an American flag draped between two tow trucks. Crothers Insurance also donated refreshments for the event.
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