Monday, August 10, 2009

VA Tow Truck Driver Killed

Sad, sad news. Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of tow truck Andy Starmer, who died Sunday night after being struck by a suspected drunk driver. Starmer worked for Superior Towing and would have turned 37 this week.
Here's the Daily Press story:
NEWPORT NEWS - The driver of a wrecker truck was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver as he worked on a disabled vehicle on a shoulder of Interstate 64 in Newport News last night.

Andy Starmer, a Newport News resident who would have turned 37 this week, was pronounced dead at the scene on westbound I-64 just east of Victory Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The driver of the pickup truck that struck him, identified as William Charles Burns of Newport News, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Sgt. Michelle Cotten of state police said Burns is expected to recover fully. He has been charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. The commonwealth's attorney's office will examine the police report and determine whether Burns' charges will be increased to manslaughter.

Starmer, who worked for Superior Towing, had his truck on the shoulder with its lights flashing as he worked on a disabled Plymouth van. Burns, driving a 2005 Mitsubishi Raider, went off the road and struck Starmer on the shoulder.

Cotten said investigators had not yet determined how fast Burns was driving or whether speed was a factor in the crash.

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