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Baltimore Sun reporter | March 16, 2012
Two people are dead after a car collided with a tow truck in Silver Spring, authorities said. Thursday's crash left 26-year-old Olin Dale Soreson and an unidentified 23-year-old woman dead. Soreson was driving a Toyota Corolla and the woman was a passenger, according to Montgomery County Police. The driver of the tow truck, 51-year-old Melesio J. Monterroza Cartagena, was taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said. Police said they are unsure why the car Soreson was driving crossed the center of the roadway and collided with the tow truck, which was headed in the opposite direction.
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By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Andy Joyce drove his tow truck just after midnight to a West Baltimore service call, where he met a mother and small child waiting with their disabled vehicle. It was Nov. 1, 2010, and the 23-year-old had only worked a few weeks for Gordon Kelly's Quick Response towing company. It was the end of his shift. The mother and child got a ride from someone as Joyce lowered his truck's bed to tow the Dodge Durango near Mosher Street and Druid Hill Avenue. About two hours later, a passerby noticed the truck's door open, engine running, and Joyce slumped inside.
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
Anne Arundel County Police are looking for a driver involved in a hit and run accident that killed a tow truck operator Wednesday morning on Route 100 in Glen Burnie. According to a police statement, tow truck operator James Frederick Schreiber Jr., 38, of the 200 block of Iris Drive in Pasadena was fatally struck while trying to help the driver of a disabled sewage truck. Investigators said he was outside his truck and preparing to tow the disabled vehicle when he was struck by a 1987 to 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, which may have been red. The Nissan's driver did not stop, police said.
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March 25, 2014
As a retired member of the law enforcement community, I am glad to see the article regarding tow trucks and the move-over law in The Sun ( "Proposed 'move-over' law would apply to tow trucks March 24). Most people have no idea whatsoever of the dangers involved in being a state trooper on any of the major highway systems in this nation. It is a fact that most of our troopers who are killed or severely injured were struck while handling various problems on the shoulder of one of those highways.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2011
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.
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May 30, 2007
Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver said yesterday that he plans to modify legislation he had introduced designed to quicken the response of tow companies to police calls for service. The proposal calls for a private contractor to dispatch towing companies to accidents - a job now handled by police officers. And the legislation would increase the number of towing companies that are licensed to provide their services to police, allowing more minority-owned companies to compete for the work, said Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat.
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December 6, 1993
It looked like just another abandoned car on the Beltway until the blanket in the back seat moved.The worst ice storm in decades had descended upon the region. The sleet and freezing rain caused hundreds of traffic accidents. Morning rush hour was a frozen quagmire with cars slipping and sliding out of control.Stephen D. Rhine Sr. was responding to a call on the Beltway's inner loop near Providence Road when he saw that crucial sign of life in the back of an ice-crusted Chevy on the opposite side of the highway.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2003
A port worker drowned Saturday night while trapped inside a sedan that rolled off a tow truck and into the Patapsco River as it was being moved onto a ship, police officials said. The victim, identified only as John Jordan, 23, was in the driver's seat of the late-model Geo Prism to maneuver it onto a HUAL North America cargo ship docked at the port of Baltimore when a winch that kept it on the tow truck came unhooked between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., according to a preliminary police report.
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By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1998
Baltimore police officials have decided to delay awarding lucrative towing licenses for two months after a published report showed city and police towing policies were being ignored.Police Department spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said new towing licenses would not be issued until July 31. The 15 existing licenses, which were to expire June 1, have been extended until then, he said."The reason for the delay is to allow for an appropriate and thorough investigation for each of the license applicants," Weinhold said.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
Harford towing company owners and employees say they want to change their public image -- so they're supporting legislation that would license and regulate their business."
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March 24, 2014
Motorists on Maryland roads approaching a police or emergency vehicle stopped on the shoulder with lights flashing are required by law to move over to the next lane or slow down to avoid the possibility of hitting anyone standing nearby. It's a sensible measure designed to protect law-enforcement and emergency personnel from becoming victims of the very traffic problems they are attempting to solve. But if you happen to be a tow truck operator assisting a disabled vehicle under similar circumstances, well, that's another story: You can put up orange cones and flash your lights all you want but other drivers are under no obligation to slow down, let alone change lanes to avoid you. They can whip past at 65 mph inches from where you're standing, and it's all perfectly legal.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
After a tow truck operator from Green's Garage stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 795 in Reisterstown in January to help a motorist, she ended up needing a wrecker herself. A distracted driver veered off the road and hit her truck, causing nearly $10,000 in damage, according to Larry Green, owner of the Hampstead towing business and president of the Towing & Recovery Professionals of Maryland. The truck operator was not injured, Green said, but she and others face constant danger.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun and Luke Lavoie, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | January 13, 2014
The woman killed over the weekend after driving the wrong direction on a southern Howard County road was identified by Howard County police Monday. The victim and driver was identified as   Mayra Liseth Maldonado Vasquez, 27, of Guatemala. Police said Vasquez was not wearing a seat belt.  Vasquez was driving an Acura with a passenger westbound in the eastbound lanes of MD 32 at around 4:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 when she struck a tow truck head-on, police said. The crash took place near the intersection of Dorsey Run Road in the AnnapolisJunction area.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
A city tow-truck driver was knocked 25 feet off the Jones Falls Expressway on Friday and a police officer was injured in a pair of afternoon rush-hour crashes that involved a water rescue of the victim who'd fallen into the storm-swollen stream below, police said. The two victims were still being treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center Saturday morning. The incident, which shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 83 for about two hours, occurred near the Pepsi sign, not far from where another accident two years ago knocked a police officer off the northbound side of the highway, severely injuring her. About 6:15 p.m., a Northern District police officer was investigating a single-vehicle SUV crash in the southbound lanes of the JFX, said Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
On Memorial Day weekends, Kim Yates and Albert Kullman measure success by speed. Yates steers her bright yellow tow truck toward trouble, with the goal of getting disabled vehicles out of the roadway or back in business before traffic has time to clog. From his toll booth at the Bay Bridge, Kullman can make change for a $10 or $20 in under 12 seconds. "We want you on your way," Yates said. "Safely. " The summer season kicks off this weekend when 718,200 Marylanders are expected to leave town for the beach or mountains, 1.2 percent fewer than a year ago, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
A 7-year-old boy remains in critical condition with a severe head injury after a traffic accident on Christmas night. At about 10 p.m., Anne Arundel police responded to Casuarina Way near Spring Meadow Way in Odenton where a 1997 Acura sedan had struck a parked tow truck. The boy, who had been sitting in the front seat of the Acura, was taken to John Hopkins Children's Center. Police are not releasing his name. The car's driver, Lisa Marie Middledorf, 30, was not injured. Police said preliminary evidence indicates alcohol and driver fatigue contributed to the crash.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1997
A New York man was convicted yesterday of stealing $20,000 paid by a Westminster auto mechanic and another man for a tow truck he failed to deliver.Vincent J. Decicco, 36, of Kensington, N.Y., will be sentenced Tuesday by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.A jury of four men and eight women deliberated about three hours before finding Decicco guilty of theft. The jury also found Decicco not guilty on a separate felony theft count involving another tow truck.According to prosecutor Edward J. Puls, David Stewart, of Stew's Automotive on Gorsuch Road, planned to purchase a large tow truck from Decicco, who had advertised in a trade journal.
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By Matthew Mosk and Matthew Mosk,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1999
Responding to complaints that some area tow truck drivers are using aggressive tactics to snatch up illegally parked cars, Anne Arundel County officials passed legislation yesterday giving more protection to car owners.The new law, approved on a 6-0 vote of the County Council last night, requires businesses to post detailed signs explaining restrictions at their parking lots and compels towing companies to notify police within one hour if they remove a car without the owner's consent.The law, which takes effect in 45 days, also forbids the use of "spotters," who earn commissions by scouting for illegally parked cars and notifying towing outfits, even if no nearby business has complained about the vehicles.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Traffic was backed up for three and a half miles on southbound I-95 near Washington Boulevard early Monday afternoon, due to a multi-vehicle collision that temporarily left a BMW dangling over the guardrail of an overpass on I-95. As of 2 p.m., the backup was less than two miles long, as cleanup efforts were underway. One of four southbound traffic lanes on I-95 was closed and one of two shoulders was closed. Two people were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
Baltimore will show off its biggest trucks Saturday and allow young residents to meet police officers, firefighters and others who drive the big rigs through city streets. The Biggest Big Truck Show brings about 20 vehicles to the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1415 Key Highway. Visitors can see, touch, even take a seat in many among the fleet of vehicles, including Big Bertha, Baltimore's largest tow truck, fire engine, motorcycles and a fireboat that will shoot up massive plumes of water.
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