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Friday, May 9, 2008

Prosecutors to Review Death of TX Tow Truck Operator

Here's the story by Bill Miller of the Star-Telegram:

Johnson County prosecutors will review the traffic accident that killed a tow truck driver late Sunday on the south side of Burleson, a spokeswoman for the city said.

William David Stone, 26, died when he was hit at 10:18 p.m. by a car while trying to remove another car from the shoulder of south Interstate 35W, according to reports.

The driver of the car that hit Stone, Kevin Lamar Williams, told officers that he fell asleep at the wheel, said Sally Ellertson, the spokeswoman.

Williams, 20, of McGregor, which is southwest of Waco, was cited for failure to drive in a single lane and for no insurance, Ellertson said.

Prosecutors, however, will review the case, she said.

"Standard procedure in a traffic accident involving a death is to forward the case to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for review," Ellertson said.

In such cases, prosecutors might decide to put the case before a grand jury, which will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to conduct a trial on criminal charges.

Williams did not have to go to the hospital following the accident, Ellertson said. A passenger in the tow truck was not hurt, she added.

Stone was hooking onto a Mitsubishi GT3000, which was partially up on the flatbed wrecker, when a Chevrolet car driven by Williams crashed into the Mitsubishi, according to earlier reports.

Next, the Chevrolet struck Stone, the reports stated.

Stone, the father of five children, died at the scene.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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