Burien Tow Truck Driver Killed Last September Honored In Ceremony

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Burien Tow Truck Driver William “Tony” Padilla, who was struck and killed by an impaired motorist while hooking a vehicle up to his tow truck last September, was recently honored by the Washington Traffic Incident Management Coalition.

Padilla was honored during a ceremony at the Coalition’s 2011 Traffic Incident Management Conference this week. His name was added to the Circle of Honor Memorial Plaque that recognizes other Washington State transportation or public safety employees who have lost their lives while doing their jobs.

“Tow Truck Operators are a vital asset in helping keep the safe movement of people and goods within the state’s transportation system<” the Coalition said in a statement. “Tow operators are out working alongside the transportation and public safety employees during traffic incidents, weather events, or highway construction.”

On September 24, 2010, Padilla was struck and killed by an impaired motorist while hooking a vehicle up to his tow truck on Interstate 5 near Spokane Street. Padilla, 51, was working for GT Towing in Seattle when he was killed.

The Washington Traffic Incident Management Coalition is made up of representatives from Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol, Fire & Emergency Medical Services, and others who work together to create innovative ways for safe and efficient management of incidents and develop training that encourages and enables the development of local response plans.

The conference is being held this week at the AAA Washington offices in Bellevue.

For more information about the Washington Traffic Management Coalition, please go to www.watimcoalition.org.

Here’s a video we found showing the funeral procession for Tony:

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