A tow truck driver died Wednesday night in a hit-and-run collision on Loop 202 after he stepped out of his vehicle to assist a customer, the Arizona Department of Public Safety has reported.
Sgt. Harold Sanders said the victim 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 the victim 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 occured in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near McClintock Drive and the Loop 101 interchange in Tempe.
The victim, 36-year-old Joey Rubio, had worked for Shamrock Towing Company about seven months.
"Our drivers risk their lives every day for our company," said Kevin Corcoran, human resources director for the Chicago-based company. "They put themselves in that situation on a daily basis."
Corcoran said the company would offer a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver, and details would be announced later Thursday.
Sanders said in a news release that the hit-and-run vehicle should have extensive damange to the right front section. Anyone with information about the case should call (602) 223-2212. Information can be provided anonymously.