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Old 08-10-2010, 03:15 AM   #1
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25 y/o charged with intoxication manslaughter

http://www.khou.com/news/local/HPD-S...100111014.html

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HOUSTON A wrecker driver who was racing another driver to the scene of an accident was killed when he crashed into a car in northeast Houston early Friday, according to police. Police said the driver struck by the speeding wrecker was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Police said it was a bizarre chain of events where all parties involved had some fault in what happened on the road.
Police said two tow trucks were racing down Jensen around 1 a.m. trying to beat each other to the scene of an accident. The drivers then came to the intersection at Laura Koppe where a car was approaching the red light.
Police said 25-year-old Rogelio Villalobos was changing lanes in his blue Nissan 240SX when he was struck by one of the speeding tow trucks.
The tow truck driver swerved to miss the Nissan, but sideswiped it instead, according to police. The wrecker driver then lost control of the truck, slammed into a wooden electric pole, then careened into a metal pole. The mangled truck then flipped over and landed upside down.
The driver died at the scene. Witnesses said the other tow truck never stopped.
Villalobos survived with minor injuries, but police said he was legally drunk. His blood alcohol level was 0.13, which is over the legal limit. He was arrested for DWI and intoxication manslaughter charges were added later.
The tow truck driver was an employee of the Zone 3 wrecker service. His boss came to the scene and said the victim was a hard-working family man, had over 25 years experience and had been with his company for almost five years.
The deceased driver's identity is being withheld pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Cliffs: tow truck drivers were RACING, and someone who was drunk was changing lanes and who would have been just fine some other night gets rearended by tow truck and tow truck driver died... so they are charging kid with intox manslaughter.

guy should not have been driving drunk, but if tow truck drivers were doing the speed limit.. everyone would have been for the better.
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Fn tow trucks, I've almost been ran over by a speeding driver while he had a car in tow
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That's fcked up.

DWI for sure, but manslaughter over this?
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guy should not have been driving drunk, but if tow truck drivers were doing the speed limit.. everyone would have been for the better.
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Fn tow trucks, I've almost been ran over by a speeding driver while he had a car in tow
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Typical character description of a tow truck driver.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:00 AM   #5
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in the eyes of the law it doesnt really matter what happened if your drunk. for instance a man hit a woman running across the frwy and killed her . she should not have even been running on the frwy but because he was drunk it is manslaughter. the arguement is if he was sober he might have seen them speeding and not changed lanes.

i am not defending what either one did. you have to be responsible for your actions no matter who you are or what you did.
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There is a few driving tactics that just me off to no end. And tow truck drivers seem to use them almost exclusively when responding.
1. extreme tailgating/intimidating the drivers in front to get them to speed up
2. using the shoulder when they are no where near the accident scene and there is no traffic.
3. general douchebaggery
4. thinking that their flashing yellow light is a police bar and that it gives them special privileges

(when other drivers use these, they get the same response from me as well... finger, slowing down to ensure they dont pass, and pulling slightly into the shoulder to show them I can be an too.)

I believe that you said you are a big rig tow trucker... My father drove 18 wheelers for a long time and said they are a different breed compared to your run of the mill TT driver.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:15 AM   #7
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funny would ya'll say the same thing if it were motorcyclist vs wrecker driver........

can you say double standard
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All participants in this story are complete idiots...IMO.
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charge the other vulture with racing and leaving the scene?
like flies on , they are
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If they can find the other drive he needs to be charged with something though I'm not sure what: exhibition of speed, accesory to manslaughter (not sure if thats a charge).
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Hate them both, drunk drivers and aggressive wreckers. I hope the drunk gets Big Bubba for a roommate and chokes and dies on , and I feel sorry for the wrecker's family, maybe this will change at least some of their driving habits.
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wrecker drivers are the worst. I can't count how many times one of those pieces of cut me off or me off thinking they are above the law.

Yeah the guy was driving drunk, but i see the wrecker drivers at fault here 100%.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:33 AM   #14
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tow truck drivers. Everyone one of them is a flabby hunk of whale (YES YOU! Mr.Towtruckdriver reading this. you.) and deserves to be kicked in the and then sent to Julio's house.
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all parties are accountable.

drunk should not have been on road.

wreckers should not have been racing. because one wanted to get there first, the other , on his own decision, decided to do the same.

all 3 are guilty.

remove any one of the three equations, and it probably wouldnt have happened. but there is no ifs. it happened.


personally I think wreckers need to be sanctioned somehow. all of them are crazy. all of them.
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WHAT!?

That's retarded. vultures, can't stand them. They drive like (typically). Worse than taxi drivers even.

But this is just ridiculous. Mother was driving too fast to control his truck and wound up killing himself. How the is it even considered that the other guy get charged with manslaughter? I guess the only logic behind it would be that since he's drunk, he shouldn't have been on the road in the first place, and thus there would have been no impact...unless he hit a family van crossing the intersection he was about to run the light at? I mean, I could understand if perhaps the drunk driver was driving erratically, but the way the story reads, he just wanted to be in another lane. Think we're missing something?

IMO - Drunk dude should get the DWI and be done. He should also collect the insurance money to pay for vehicle damages from the tow company.

Other driver - if identity is known - charged with racing, running red light, failure to render aid.
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That's fcked up.

DWI for sure, but manslaughter over this?
agreed, it will not stick, even the lousiest of public defenders can make this one go away with the dwi.
oh yeah, forgot to add.
First in to wonder if he was illegal
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tow truck driver is dead of his own accord charge the guy with DWI and be done with it.
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