A Publication of the Towing & Recovery Association of Kentucky– JUNE 2016 Edition
JUNE MEETING SPONSORED BY TOTAL TRUCK PARTS
Summer is just around the corner, and TRAK is up and going! We had a great meeting last month, and would like to thank Roberts Heavy Duty Towing for their hospitality. We appreciate everyone that was able to attend, and look forward to seeing everyone at the June meeting in Elizabethtown.
We have a lot in the works for the association, and we’re excited to see how the rest of this year unfolds!
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Associate Member Spotlight
TRAA Meets, Presents Awards at the Florida Tow Show
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A tow truck driver who came to the aid of a couple whose car broke down on the Dan Ryan Expy. could only watch as they got into the cab of his truck and drove off, leaving him stranded, prosecutors said.
The Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) drew 22 state associations, up from 19 the year before, to a meeting What's worse — they drove over his foot as they got away, acat the Florida Tow Show in Orlando that addressed the need for cording to the towing company. state and local groups to become more active. Joanne Blyton, first vice president and a state legislator from Montana, urged members to become better watchdogs in the face of legislation around the country that could adversely affect towing companies. She pointed out the efforts of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA – see “Face to Face” story in May issue of Tow Times), which has stepped up lobbying at the state level to restrict towing companies.
"It's just unbelievable," XL Towing owner Sherry DiVito said Thursday. "They ran over my driver's foot; they left him on the highway. He could've been killed." The driver invited three people stranded on the side of the road to get into the cab of the tow truck so they wouldn't be exposed to dangerous traffic on the busy Dan Ryan, DiVito said.
But while the driver was putting their car on the hook, the tow truck drove off — with the busted Nissan Murano dragging be“It’s our industry and if we don’t protect it, it won’t be there for hind it, prosecutors said. us,” Blyton said. Raekwon Shack, 19, is accused of speeding away in the stolen Special presenter Hardy Smith offered tips on how state associa- truck. tions can become stronger: • Adapt to change. • Grow membership. • Develop board members.
The driver had been called to the Dan Ryan near 87th Street on Wednesday to help Shack's girlfriend, 20-year-old Keia Street, whose 2000 Nissan Murano needed a tow, court records show. Though the driver was expecting two people, he was greeted by Street, Shack and another man, DiVito said.
• Build local relationships.
Since "cars come whipping around on the Dan Ryan like they're in the Indy 500," DiVito said, the driver suggested the three cliTRAA presented its annual awards to Belinda Harris, Presidential ents sit inside his tow truck while he worked. "He wanted to Award; Kirk Blackburn, National Citizenship Award; Patrick Win- keep them out of harm's way because [that road] is dangerous." er, Distinguished Service Award; and Brenda Taylor, Christina Foltz, Kate Mulcan, Johanna Sanford, Barb Robinson, Ashley But as the driver attached the Murano to his truck, prosecutors Soverns earned the Appreciation Award. said, Shack hopped in the driver's seat of the tow truck and sped off — running over the driver's foot with the trailer in the process. Based on GPS data, the tow truck headed north to 71st Street, where it exited the expressway and stopped, DiVito said. The tow truck driver, meanwhile, used his cellphone to call for help. Once DiVito knew the driver was OK, she said, the longtime owner called police and provided them with GPS tracking info for the stolen truck.
Belinda Harris of Ray Harris Inc., Greensboro, N.C., received the Presidential Award from TRAA President Jeff Roskopf.
Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police found Street, Shack and their accomplice trying to unhook the Murano from the tow truck in the 7000 block of South Wabash Avenue, according to an arrest report.
TRAK Monthy Meetings March 15th—Cave City/Glasgow
August—picnic (date to be announced)
April 19th—Louisville, Tony’s Wrecker Svc.
May 17th—Lexington, Robert’s Towing
June 21st—Elizabethtown, Texas Outlaw
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