Tow truck operator killed on I-12 Friday morning while helping stranded motorist

A 23-year-old tow truck operator loading a disable car onto his truck was killed early Friday morning on Interstate 12 in Covington when he was struck by a van, according to State Police Troop L. Patrick Quave of Bush was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was not injured, according to a State Police news release.

Quave was helping a stranded motorist near Louisiana 21 shortly before 6 a.m. and had parked on the right shoulder, partially in the right exit lane to Brewster Road, the news release said. He had put on the truck’s emergency lights and was wearing a uniform shirt with reflective material. He was loading the disabled vehicle and was standing in the exit lane to the left of his tow truck when a van that was traveling eastbound on the exit ramp sideswiped the truck and hit him.

Impairment is not suspected in the crash, although toxicology tests are pending anaylsis.

The investigation is ongoing, and Troopers will consult with the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in reference to any criminal or traffic charges.

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