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Tow truck driver struck and killed by passing semi-truck

STONEVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly wreck on Highway 220 near Stoneville Tuesday night that killed a tow truck driver.

Trooper S. F. Lynch said Jennifer Lynn Williams, 37, of Reidsville was loading a car with a blown tire that was partially in the right-hand lane onto her tow truck when she was struck by a semi-trailer.

According to Lynch, the truck had its yellow warning lights on and Williams was wearing a reflective vest but the driver of the semi failed to move into the left lane.

Charges against the driver, Franklin Howard Davis, Jr., 48, of Henderson are under review by the district attorney’s office and are pending, Lynch said.

Williams worked for Dale’s Towing out of Burlington. A post on the company’s Facebook page acknowledged the crash and called her “irreplaceable.”

Other tow truck drivers in the area said they hope this wreck helps emphasize how important it is for all drivers — especially big rigs — to follow the law and, if possible, move to the left lane to make room for tow trucks, EMS or law enforcement.

Thomas Shelton works Highway 220 and Highway 29 often and calls the stretch pretty dangerous.

“You can wear all the protective gear you want but if people aren’t paying attention it isn’t going to do any good,” Shelton said.


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