Tow truck driver hit by car in Oklahoma City, recovering from surgery to fix many broken bones, family hoping to find who hit him
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A tow truck driver was struck by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday night in southeast Oklahoma City while trying to tie a vehicle to his truck.
It happened on Sunnylane Road between SE 59th Street and SE 74th Street. The family of Troy Stewart, 47, were in tears to explain the situation as he was left with several broken bones and underwent surgery on Thursday after the incident. They said they were glad he was alive, but they want to know who did this to him and left.
“I just want the person who did that to come forward and admit their fault,” said Whitney Evans, Stewart’s daughter. “Slow down and go forward. What if it was your loved one standing by the side of the road to help someone load their car, because it’s broken down or [changing] A tire.”
Breaking down in tears, Evans described his father’s injuries to KFOR on Thursday morning. A broken pelvis, shin, two broken ankles and fractured neck are what Stewart has to recover from after being hit by the car.
“How can you hit someone who means something to someone and leave them by the wayside,” Evans said. “To see him suffer so much yesterday was really difficult.”
Sgt. Dillon Quirk of the Oklahoma City Police Department said Steward was in the southbound lane closest to the sidewalk. However, he was on the street trying to secure a vehicle on his truck when the car passed.
“He tried to pull away; unfortunately he was hit by the vehicle, ”Quirk said.
“He was there on his own and didn’t know if anyone was going to find him,” Evans said.
According to Stewart’s family, he was launched over 100 feet from the stage. They also claim that he was not found until a police car passed and found him lying on the ground. Stewart had only been at work for about a week when this happened.
“My drivers complain all the time,” said Robert Blankenship, owner of R&R Towing and Recovery LLC. and Stewart’s employer.
Blankenship said close calls were nothing new to their industry. However, he said in his 17 years in business, none of his employees have been affected so far.
“No one has any respect for anyone and until something is done, seriously, I don’t think anything is going to change,” Blankenship said. “Please have a little respect. Move. It’s a pretty dangerous job like that.
The other Blankenship employee, Randall Burt, echoed the same sentiment.
“People’s lives are in danger whenever they are outside of this vehicle,” Burt said. “Someone’s fault who wasn’t paying attention, they almost took one of my brothers. They are my brothers in this industry. He almost took his life.
Evans’ father was in surgery Thursday afternoon. She said they both hoped to find out who did this soon.
“If you did that and it was a mistake, everybody makes mistakes, accidents happen,” she said. “But please come on, admit your faults. “
Police said they did not have a description of the vehicle that struck Stewart. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crime Lockers. As a reminder, Oklahoma has a law requiring drivers to slow down and try to move when they see a broken down vehicle, or in an emergency on the side of the road. Reduce your speed and move on one lane as much as possible.
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