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Monday, December 7, 2009

SC Tow Truck Driver Killed On The Job

Our deepest condolences to the family and acquaintances of 36-year old Kevin Butler, who died on Dec. 6 while helping customers on the side of the road in Lexington County, SC. Here's the story from

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - You can still see the tread marks on Interstate-77 from the crash that killed one and injured several others.

It happened around 4am Sunday in Lexington County.

Deputies believe the driver that initiated the crash may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Charges are pending because the suspect is still in the hospital

Kevin Butler was the lone fatality in the incident. He was the tow truck driver.

His wife, Veonna, now mourns his memory with their two children.

"With Meredith she has his sensibility and Miranda has his wit. He was quick witted and humorous and she's just like her daddy," said Veonna.

To hear her describe Kevin would be like watching a classic love story.

"I knew immediately he was the right man for me," said Veonna. "I knew right away. From the first date to the day we were married was only six months."

Kevin took a second job as a tow truck driver six weeks ago to make Christmas extra special for his girls.

"He received a call to go and help family at three in the morning and was happy to serve them," said Veonna.

But while he was helping two stranded motorists, a man deputies say was under the influence caused the chain reaction wreck that killed him.

"He loved life, he loved his family, he loved friends and he loved to work," said Veonna.

Even though it may be the darkest day of her life, Veonna says all is not lost.

"As long as I have these two, I know a piece of him will live on forever," said Veonna as she hugged her children.

We ran into Kevin's mother as the interview with Veonna ended. She had driven from Pennsylvania.

She said please tell people not to drink and drive these holidays because she said in couple of days she will be laying a wreath on her son's grave.

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