An employee of a Texas wrecker service was injured in a hit-and-run last week after trying to stop a semi-truck from leaving the premises. Reportedly, the truck driver refused to stop and ran over the employees legs. The employee was taken to a hospital in Fort Worth for treatment, but his condition was not released.
The truck driver is said to have been arrested by police a short distance from the wrecker business on Interstate 35W. The driver faces criminal hit-and-run charges stemming from the incident. Apparently, officers were given a description of the semi-truck and they were able to locate it and apprehend the driver quickly.
According to reports, the semi-truck had been towed to the ABC Wrecker lot last Tuesday after it was found parked in a private lot without authorization. The wrecker business is located just a few hundred yards from the private lot, and when the truck driver saw the truck in the wrecker lot, he demanded it be released without a fee, a police sergeant said.
When the employee at the wrecker lot refused to comply with the truck driver's demand, the truck driver reportedly jumped into the truck and drove away, police said. Two wrecker employees chased the semi trying to stop it and one was knocked to the ground by the trailer before being run over.
In addition to criminal charges, the truck driver and the trucking company that employs the driver could potentially face a personal injury lawsuit brought by the injured worker. In this case, the trucking company would likely be liable for the actions of the truck driver so long as the truck driver was acting within the scope of his employment.
Source: Star-Telegraph, "Wrecker service worker injured by truck driver in hit-and-run," Pedro Criando, March 7, 2012