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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

TX Wrecker Driver Killed In Crash

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of 27-year old tow truck driver Isidoro Ramirez, who died on Sunday, 7/5, while working to tow a vehicle on the side of the highway.

Here's the KRPC Local 2 News story:
In each of the past five weekends, someone has died in wrecks where a car was pulled over on the shoulder of a highway, KPRC Local 2 reported.
Houston police said 27-year-old Scott Huebner caused the most recent crash.Huebner is charged with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly veering off Highway 290 Sunday and killing a wrecker driver who was trying to tow a pickup truck that was abandoned on the shoulder.Isidoro Ramirez, 27, was pinned between his flatbed wrecker and the disabled pickup truck, police said. He died at the scene.Harris County Precinct 4's Chief Mark Herman said that if your car is drivable, drive to a safe parking lot instead of stopping on a shoulder. He said drivers need to use their best judgment when their vehicles are disabled."Me, myself, I would stay inside my my vehicle, keep something between (me and a possible oncoming vehicle) ... use your good judgment," he said.At least three of the five recent deadly accidents involved alleged drunken drivers

Here's the Houston Chronicle story:

HOUSTON — A man has been charged in the death of a wrecker driver who was killed while helping a motorist along a Houston highway.

Scott Huebner was being held Monday at the Harris County Jail on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Investigators suspect the 27-year-old was high when he caused the accident that killed 27-year-old Isidoro (EE-see-DOH'-roh) Ramirez on Sunday.

Houston police say Huebner was driving a pickup truck when he hit another vehicle on the highway shoulder. Ramirez had been standing between his flatbed wrecker and the vehicle that was struck. He was killed on impact.

No bond amount had been set and online records did not show an attorney for Huebner.

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