A tow truck driver died Wednesday night in a hit-andrun collision on Loop 202 in Tempe after he stepped out of his vehicle to assist a customer, the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported.
Sgt. Harold Sanders said the victim, 36-year-old Joey Rubio, was in the process of securing a Mercedes-Benz to be towed about 11 p.m. when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. Sanders said Rubio was standing in the emergency lane next to the driver’s side of the car, and the tow truck had its yellow emergency lights and rear deck loading lights turned on.
The incident occurred in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near McClintock Drive and the Loop 101 interchange.
Rubio had worked for Shamrock Towing Co. about seven months.
“Our drivers risk their lives every day for our company,” said Kevin Corcoran, human resources director for United Road Towing, the Chicagobased company that operates Shamrock Towing. “They put themselves in that situation on a daily basis.”
United Road Towing CEO Jerry Corcoran said the company will pay a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.
Sanders said in a news release that the hit-and-run vehicle should have extensive damage to the right front section.
Anyone with information about the case should call (602) 223-2212. Tips can be provided anonymously.