On a sunny morning in August, Jenna Schreiber was putting her daughter in the car when Anne Arundel County police pulled up. Her husband of 12 years, James, a longtime tow operator and father of two, had been struck by a vehicle as he prepared to tow a truck near the family's Pasadena home, and had died.
The driver kept going.
"That someone would leave him on the side of the road is incomprehensible," she said.
Their children, ages 3 and 1, "long for him every day," she said, noting that he had two loves: his family and his work.
Now, she hopes that a $12,000 reward will lead to answers in the case.
Ted's Towing of Rosedale, whose manager called Schreiber "probably the best worker we've had here in years," added $10,000 Thursday to a $2,000 Metro Crime Stoppers reward.
On Aug. 24, James Schreiber, 38, kissed his wife and was out the door early to tow a disabled truck from the shoulder of eastbound Route 100 near Oakwood Road in Glen Burnie. Anne Arundel County police say he was preparing the tow when he was hit about 8 a.m. He died at the scene.
Police suspect the vehicle was a burgundy Nissan Pathfinder that took the Oakwood Road exit and was captured on film heading north on Hospital Drive. So far, they say, they have not found the sport utility vehicle, which probably had a broken passenger-side mirror and might have lost a hubcap. The hit-and-run was part of an incerease in county crashes in which motorists fled the scene.
Martin Ziegler, general manager of Ted's, said Schreiber carried a wealth of technical knowledge about rigging qualifications and techniques in his head and was sought after by other employees with questions. He operated a tow truck the size of a firetruck and regularly did mechanical work.
Schreiber had attended industry seminars around the country and was known by tow operators in other states.
"You always took Jim because he was my book," Ziegler said. "He took it all in."
The $10,000 reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the fatality. The $2,000 reward is for information leading to arrest and indictment. Anyone with information is asked to contact Metro Crime Stoppers by calling 866-756-2587 and texting "Crimes," or going to metrocrimestoppers.org.