July 22, 2010
So you get into a fender-bender or bust an axle on one of Philly's plentiful potholes: Don't wait for a mob of tough tow-truck drivers to swarm and start beating one another for your business. Instead, call for a tow from a driver who won't price-gouge or resort to arson and aggravated assault to trump the competition, commuter advocates say. Many motorists have roadside-assistance service offered by car dealers. Others belong to motor clubs like AAA that will quickly dispatch a tow driver.
August 18, 2012 |
Police have someone in custody in the theft of a marked police tow truck this morning. The truck was stolen about 10:15 a.m. from a police lot at Macalester Street and Whitaker Avenue in North Philadelphia, police said. It was recovered on the 4800 block of Bennington Street in Juniata Park less than a half-hour later and a male was taken into custody, police said. Other details are not yet available.
March 3, 2015 |
AN ARGUMENT outside a Wissahickon pub early yesterday between a man and a woman ended in the death of the woman. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. yesterday when the two were outside T. Hogan's Pub on Rochelle Avenue near Sumack Street, across from SEPTA's Wissahickon train station. Police said the tow-truck operator told investigators that his ex-girlfriend started arguing with him and began slapping him. He then got into his truck and started to drive away, police said. The 29-year-old woman grabbed on to the driver's-side light bar of the tow truck, lost her grip and fell underneath the rear wheels of the driver side, police said.
August 10, 1999 |
Yellow PennDOT construction trucks have created more than a few traffic jams on area roadways. Soon, however, green PennDOT trucks may be preventing jams - and helping stranded motorists in the process. The introduction of a fleet of PennDOT-logoed tow trucks onto the Schuylkill Expressway, I-95 and the Vine Expressway is being planned for near year's end, according to PennDOT assistant press secretary Gene Blaum. "They will provide towing and light roadway assistance - free of charge to the motorist.
April 5, 2000 |
A tow truck operator was crushed and killed yesterday while hitching up an abandoned car in North Philadelphia - casting a tragic pall over Day 2 of Mayor Street's ambitious program to haul 40,000 clunkers off city streets. Wayne Kennedy Smith, 40, suffered massive injuries to the head and was declared dead on arrival at Temple University Hospital at 1:37 p.m. yesterday. Mayor Street, who went to the hospital to express sympathy for Smith's family, said he does not plan to suspend the towing program as a result of the accident.
May 16, 2014 |
THREE OF the four defendants in an alleged bribery scam involving a police dispatcher and three tow-truck operators pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in federal court yesterday. Dorian Parsley, 44, the civilian dispatcher who has since been suspended from the Police Department with intent to dismiss, declined to speak with a reporter afterward. William Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, N.J., an owner of K&B auto-body shop, a family business in Frankford, and Chad Harris, 22, of Philadelphia, a tow-truck operator who at times worked for K&B, also pleaded not guilty yesterday.
March 28, 2012 |
Although the slaying occurred in darkness, the surveillance video clearly captured a large tow truck repeatedly running over - then backing over - a man lying in a pub parking lot at Frankford and Lehigh Avenues. The victim, Ray Santiago, 30, of Gillespie Street near Unruh Avenue, worked as a tow-truck driver for Siani's Towing. He was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m. Sept. 26, 2010. The alleged killer was a driver for a rival company, Straight Up Towing. The trial of Glen McDaniel, 27, of Aramingo Avenue near Somerset Street, charged with murder and related offenses, began Tuesday.
July 22, 2010 |
News of fender-benders in Philadelphia is no longer being dispatched over the airwaves. City officials hope the new policy will lead tow-truck drivers to ditch their police scanners, and stop harassing motorists. Instead, police are being alerted to car accidents through written electronic messages delivered directly to laptop computers in their cars. Additionally, radio dispatchers have been instructed to call for a tow truck, if warranted at an accident scene, at the same time they inform police officers of the accident.
September 28, 2010 |
The violent death of Ray Santiago on Sunday isn't the first example of violence erupting between members of the city's ruthless towing industry, but it may be the worst. Santiago, 30, who worked for Siani's Towing, was run over repeatedly by a truck allegedly driven by Glen McDaniel, 25, a driver with Straight Up Towing, about 2:45 a.m. Police theorized that the men got into an argument in the parking lot of O'Reilly's Pub in Kensington. Police said the argument had to do with a woman or an ongoing dispute between the men over towing territory, or possibly both.