People from all over region honor Gillette tow truck driver kill - KOTA Territory News

People from all over region honor Gillette tow truck driver killed on the job


Tow truck drivers from all over KOTA Territory and beyond gathered in Gillette Monday as a show of solidarity after a truck operator was hit and killed on Interstate 90.

"A lot of people don't move over," said Dave Keller, a tow truck operator from Rawlins, Wyo., in Gillette for the memorial.
Tow truck drivers, standing on the side of the road, are always in harm's way.
"I've had to jump out of the way a few times," Gus Sampson of Sundance, Wyo., said before the procession got under way.
Larry Schofield, 65, didn't get that chance. He was struck and killed by a drunk driver last Sunday.
"It's something I think about every day," said Gerald Bilger, another truck operator from Buffalo, Wyo. "I've got kids at home."
Tow truck drivers from all over the region converged on Gillette as a show of solidarity.

Many of them had never even met the man they were honoring.
"I just drove 250 miles to show support," Keller said.
Nearly a hundred cars, trucks, and wreckers joined in.
"If it was turned around," said Sampson, "I'd sure like a turnout like this if something like this happened to me or one of my help."
Schofield was on the scene of another crash at the on-ramp to eastbound I-90 at exit 126.

Police say 28-year-old Justin Helsper hit the man with his car and kept driving.
"You should have four sets of eyes just to watch things," Sampson said.
"Just drive safe out there," added Keller. "Watch out for the tow man."
Police caught up with Helsper a few miles down the road. A highway patrol spokesman told KOTA the next day the driver was "quite impaired."
"We never know who's driving what vehicle and how they're driving," Bilger said.
"There's nothing we can say that'll make this any better for the family," said Sampson, "but we try to do something."

Drivers are legally bound to move over if they see flashing lights.

Helsper was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide following the incident. He has an initial court appearance at the end of the month.

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