TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A GoFundMe account has been created to benefit the wife and 4-year-old daughter of a Good Samaritan tow truck driver who was killed after stopping to help motorists on the Howard Frankland Bridge Monday morning.
Rogelio Perez-Borroto, 43, worked for Lou’s Total Car Care Towing and Recovery. He stopped to help motorists around 2:22 a.m. and was outside of his tow truck when he was hit. Investigators say Perez-Borroto was thrown into the air by a Volkswagen Passat driven by Allison Faye Huffman, 36, of Riverview.
Investigators say Huffman drove away without stopping. Her damaged Passat was found abandoned later Monday morning in a parking lot. Huffman was arrested Monday evening while visiting a friend in St. Pete. Her friend called police after she showed up at his apartment.
Perez-Borroto leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter and wife. He and his brother George emigrated here from Cuba 20 years ago. George said his brother loved to fish when he wasn’t working and has a daughter who lives in Venezuela.
Perez-Borroto was highly regarded by his co-workers. He will be missed by many. “He’s more than a great guy he’s an amazing person,” said Perez-Borroto’s boss, Lou Morales.
The GoFundMe page was created Tuesday morning.
As of 2 p.m., $655 had been raised, including a $250 donation from a tow truck company. “A tragedy that this happened to someone who came to North America to try and improve himself for the benefit of his family,” wrote United Towing Services alongside the donation.
Details about a funeral service have not been announced.
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