A tow truck driver was killed while stopped on the side of Interstate 75 in Laurel County on Saturday morning, and the driver of the vehicle that hit him has been charged with murder.
Howard M. White, 49, of Bagdad, had gotten out of the roll back wrecker he was driving to check his load near the 30 mile marker at about 4 a.m. when he was hit by a box truck driven by Austin T. Meredith, 24, of Sevierville, Tenn., according to a state police news release.
Meredith, who police said was under the influence of alcohol, crossed the white line at the side of the road, hitting White and the parked wrecker, the release said. Two people inside the tow truck were not injured.
Meredith was arrested and charged with murder, driving under the influence, wanton endangerment and several commercial vehicle violations.
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He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
Police also said that a man was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment after driving recklessly through the scene of the crash.
At about 6:30 a.m., Winchester K. Eldred, 53, of Marietta, Ga., accelerated while driving through the closed area, ran over cones and nearly hit three firefighters who were helping with traffic control, according to a news release.
Eldred was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center. He is also charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, disorderly conduct, menacing, criminal mischief, disregarding signals from an officer directing traffic and not having insurance.