Tow truck driver killed on the job in North Lauderdale crash

A tow truck driver was struck and killed outside of his truck in North Lauderdale Saturday night, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

A little before 9 p.m., the man was outside of the driver’s side of his tow truck in the 6100 block of West McNab Road in a safety vest, operating the flatbed, according to a Sheriff’s Office media release. The truck was stopped in the right through-lane with the emergency lights on.

Tawanda Hanberry, 38, of North Lauderdale, was driving a Lincoln SUV eastbound down the 6300 block of West McNab Road, approaching the tow truck driver.

As she approached, Hanberry lost control of the Lincoln. The car slid, rotating clockwise before crossing southbound toward the driver, striking him with its front side, then continuing to rotate before coming to a final rest.

BSO deputies and North Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded. Paramedics took the tow truck operator to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the release. Hanberry stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

The release does not say why Hanberry lost control of the Lincoln.

The tow truck driver’s name was withheld under Marsy’s Law, a 2018 voter-approved constitutional amendment that allows victims of crimes to shield their names and identifying information from the public.

The investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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