YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsTow Truck

Tow Truck

The Supreme Court said Friday it will consider restoring the power of cities and counties to regulate tow truck drivers to prevent them from charging exorbitant rates or snatching illegally parked cars. Dozens of major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis and Philadelphia, have adopted such laws over the last 30 years. Tow truck operators are required to obtain city permits and follow basic rules.
March 21, 1994 | AARON CURTISS
This is one of the easy days--a rare day when the temperamental tide of the Ventura Freeway forgoes its usual tantrums and flows as smoothly as in one of those washed-out driver's training films. "It means we're doing our jobs," says Mike Dizacomo as he edges his tow truck into the noisy current of metal and rubber, scanning for breaks between the cars and looking for trouble. Rush hour on the Freeway Service Patrol.
August 10, 2005 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
In April 2004, Safety Towing hooked up and dragged away a pickup truck -- used to deliver charity items to the poor -- from the parking lot of the church that owned it. When Rod Sprott, administrative director of Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Boulevard, tracked down the Los Angeles-based towing company, he explained he was in charge of the parking lot and had not authorized the tow.
June 22, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 30-year-old Oxnard man who was seriously injured Thursday when the tow truck he was riding in crashed in Ventura has died, authorities said Saturday. Aaron Clark, a driver for McCulloch Transport and Recovery, died Friday morning at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he had been taken after the crash on the southbound Ventura Freeway near Telephone Road, authorities said.
January 31, 1988
An Anaheim man remained in critical condition Saturday after being hit by a tow truck while riding a bicycle, authorities said. Cristopher James Marco, 21, was hit by the truck as it turned left off Brookhurst Street and onto the Riverside Freeway about 8 p.m. Friday, Anaheim Police Sgt. David Severson said. According to witnesses, the victim missed a red light and ran into the tow truck's path, Severson said. Marco is being treated at the Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.
April 25, 2002
A Metro Blue Line train approaching the Vernon station in southeast Los Angeles was struck by a tow truck Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. He said an initial report that the truck had been rear-ended into the train's path could not be confirmed as of 1:10 p.m. The injured driver of the tow truck was taken to County-USC Medical Center. The seriousness of his injuries was not immediately known, said Ed Scannell, a spokesman for the MTA.
September 12, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Ontario man died Sunday morning when the vehicle he was driving hit a parked tow truck on the Riverside Freeway near the East Avenue exit in Anaheim, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The driver was identified at Cesar Rodriguez, 21, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Rodriguez was traveling west when he hit the truck at 6:45 a.m. and died instantly, the CHP spokesman said.
A Long Beach city worker stole a tow truck Tuesday morning and eluded pursuing police for three hours, until all four tires were blown and the sparking rims had set the truck on fire, police said. Dressed in a suit and tie, 41-year-old Atilano Magana Ochoa got out of the burning truck about 7 a.m. but ignored commands and was shot with beanbags before he was arrested, Officer David Marander said.
September 7, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A tow truck driver fixing a flat tire was fatally injured when the pickup he was servicing was hit from behind on the shoulder of the Riverside Freeway, authorities said Tuesday. Michael Shultz, 24, of La Habra died following the crash about 4:50 p.m. Monday on the freeway near the Foothill toll road, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The car that hit the pickup was driven by Laura Crowley, 24, of Anaheim, the CHP said.
November 2, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A tow truck driver helping a stranded motorist was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run accident on the Ronald Reagan Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said. The accident occurred at 3:05 a.m. in Chatsworth, near the eastbound exit for Topanga Canyon Boulevard, said CHP Officer Bob Granieri. Som Gaur, 30, of Granada Hills, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Los Angeles Times Articles