Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of tow truck driver Dan Bobholz of Bobholz Trucking, Inc., who died Tuesday, April 19, after being struck by two vehicles while he was working on the side of the road. Here's the story from WSIN.com:
ALLENTON, Wis. -- There's new information about the tow truck operator who was killed as a result of trecherous road conditions near West Bend on Tuesday
It's a sad situation," said Bill Rate of Bob's Main Street Auto & Towing.
Tow truck owner and operator Bill Rate looked over a vehicle that may have struck and killed his friend and associate Tuesday in Allenton.
"My heart and condolences go out to the family and everything for the tragedy that happened yesterday," Rate said.
Dan Bobholz, of Allenton, responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. The weather was bad.
Investigators at the scene said that a Jeep traveling southbound on Highway 41 sideswiped a legally parked Washington County Sheriff's Office squad that was doing traffic direction on the right shoulder for Bobholz Towing while Bobholz removed a runoff vehicle from the right ditch.
After the Jeep sideswiped the Washington Cunty squad, it started to spin and struck Bobholz while he was on foot loading the runoff vehicle onto his wrecker.
Bobholz was then pushed into his wrecker and, as the Jeep rotated away, he fell into a traffic lane of Highway 41 where he was then run over by a semi tractor-trailer traveling past the scene.
Tow truck operators said this is their worst fear every time they go out.
"We have the lights. We have the reflective gear. We have all the equipment that we need out there, watching our backs at all times, but in a condition like this, people are just not paying attention," Rate said.
Rate said he was just north of the crash picking up a car about an hour before it happened. He said people were driving way too fast, and he and his other operators are lucky they didn't get hit.
It's a reminder of how dangerous traveling during bad weather can be and a reminder to all motorists to slow down and yield to respect.
The State Patrol said it appeared that icy roads and excessive speed might have contributed to that fatal crash.