Last Updated on October 20, 2023, 6:53 am
Tow Truck driver Frank Ingram was hit and killed while on the job.
Frank Lee Ingram, a tow truck driver, was killed alongside Interstate-575, Cherokee County, Georgia, on Thursday afternoon, October 19, 2023, leaving the family devastated. He was 48 years old.
What happened to Frank Lee Ingram?
According to the Police, Frank Lee Ingram was responding to a call on Interstate. He was hit and killed while doing his job. The tragic crash happened at about 1:10 p.m.
Woodstock Police officers and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the I-575 between Sixes Road (Exit 11) and Ridge Parkway (Exit 9) for a pedestrian hit.
This incident marks the 14th tow truck operator to be killed while on the job in America this year and 3rd in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, since March.
Ingram’s family has been associated with the tow truck business for decades. Ingram’s family told a local news channel that he had barely survived a similar crash just a few years ago. The family was too heartbroken to appear on camera and give an official statement but conveyed their message: move over and save lives when you see flashing lights.
Community mourns Frank Ingram.
This heart-wrenching incident has sent the towing community a wave of grief and anger. Ronnie Mayer, a tow truck driver, spoke with the media and said that Ingram’s family has been in the tow truck business for decades and ‘they were always there for you.’ He said if another towing company had a problem, they would call them (Ingram’s towing company).
Move-over or slow-down
Robert Hydrick is with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. He told the media,
“These deaths are 1000 percent preventable. They should not be happening.” He said.
He says preventing deaths like these is why the State has a ‘move-over’ law, which requires drivers to either move over a lane or slow down below the speed limit when they see flashing lights. He said,
“The people who are out on the road, they have families just like you and I. They want to get home to their families.”
The Police have not yet released any statement regarding whether the driver who hit and killed Ingram was impaired, driving under the influence, or was distracted. No charges have been filed against the driver so far.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Frank Lee Ingram. May he rest in peace.
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