RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) – The man accused of hitting and killing a tow truck driver on I-75 early Sunday morning made his first appearance in front of a judge in Hillsborough County Monday.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers pulled over three vehicles for racing on the highway around 4 a.m. Sunday. While tow trucks on scene were loading the vehicles up, a Honda pickup going south on I-75 failed to move over for the responding vehicles.
The truck departed the lane and hit the tow truck driver and then the tow truck itself. The tow truck driver, Troy McGuire, died at the scene.
The Honda driver, Gregory Miller, 44, of Lakewood Ranch, was arrested by troopers. He’s charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage.
Miller is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail with no bond. In court, troopers said Miller refused field sobriety tests. They described Miller as extremely disoriented at the time of the crash.
“He couldn’t hold a simple conversation. He was sluggish. He didn’t know what he hit, and he described him as just plastered,” troopers said.
Tow truck drivers at Sunpoint Automotive and Towing returned to work Monday with heavy hearts.
Over at PTR Towing, friends of McGuire are shocked. “Obviously, they’re sad about it,” manager Daniel Ancia said. “They’re just not themselves.”
Ancia said his drivers constantly fear for their lives when out on the road.
“The drivers are constantly coming in with stories about how people just miss them by inches,” he said.
Ancia said there’s no excuse to drink and drive when there are other options. “Whatever the person allegedly did as far as drinking and driving, whatever happens to them, they deserve it. That’s my opinion,” he said.
Family members are planning a memorial service for McGuire this week. The service will include a tow truck procession.