Woman Killed In Fatal Tow Truck Accident

PENRYN, Calif. (CBS13) — A woman was killed and a young boy seriously injured after her vehicle smashed into a tow truck that was pulled over on the side of the road, authorities said.

Tow truck driver Jack Connor said he had pulled over on Interstate 80 near the New Castle off-ramp Sunday to assist a disabled service truck when he spotted a sedan drifting out of westbound traffic.

“For whatever reason, we don’t know why, but [she] was on the shoulder,” Connor said.

The unidentified driver collided with the rear tire of the parked truck at a very high rate of speed, and then spun into the disabled vehicle.

Connor said he was found an injured 4-year-old boy amidst the wreckage of the overturned vehicle. The boy was air lifted to the UC Davis Medical Center for treatement, but the driver was fatally injured.

The relationship between the woman and child has not been released by authorities.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident. Witnesses told CBS13 the driver appeared to be distracted just before the crash.

The boy is expected to survive his injuries.

  • Daniel Cox

    such a tragedy. a few moments of distraction, and multiple lives dramatically altered forvere.

  • tomanybaddrivers

    Distracted driving. “It will never happen to me”. Good the kid survived and she didn’t kill the tow truck driver.

  • Hereticmonk

    “Connor said he was found an injured 4-year-old boy amidst the wreckage of the overturned vehicle.”?
    Is English a second language for the writer of this article?

  • baddriver

    Misleading article title. Better ” Woman runs off road and hits parked tow truck.”

  • Shawn

    Very tragic. Condolences to the friends and family

  • Jo Manner

    Very sad indeed. Put your phones down, stop texting while driving, it just is not worth it.


  • Tapestry

    I just think journalists type way to fast and don’t use a grammar check before publishing.
    I have been distracted with kids in the car, you talk about cell phones, cigaretts, radio tuning, etc but many times its just the chatter in the car that causes the accidents.

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