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Sensibar is Finalist for Award

Author Jesse Sensibar is a Flagstaff, Arizona, Viola Awards finalist in storytelling for his book, "Blood in the Asphalt: Prayers from the Highway," a poignant look at highway death memorials he would encounter as a towman. The 11th annual Viola Awards celebrates excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. Thirty-eight finalists were chosen by a panel of former winners from a pool of nominations made by community members. The finalists have made positive contributions to their fields and encompass an essential aspect of Flagstaff's culture, according to a report. Source:
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Vigil Held for Tripp by Family, Friends

The family and friends of Thomas Tripp are still coming to terms with his death one year later. Tripp was a towman for Mike's Wrecker in Saginaw, Michigan, and he was hit and killed by a drunk driver while he was attending to a vehicle on Dixie Highway in Bridgeport on Jan. 10, 2018. "It's been really hard. I mean I'm still in counseling over it," said Peter Tripp, brother. "It was a very, very difficult year," said Bill Giorgis, president of Mike's Wrecker. The spot is marked with a cross and adorned with some of his favorite things and it is where his loved ones paid tribute to the fallen towman. Source:

No Contest Plea in [b]Towman’s Death

Sybil Warrick pleaded no contest to the charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of towman Scott Bowles, who was killed roadside May 11, 2017. Bowles was killed while loading a disabled vehicle onto the back of his tow truck off Interstate 14 in Harker Heights, Texas. "She pled no contest and said in court if she could take back what happened, she would—that she was truly sorry," widow Stephanie Bowles said. Warrick's sentencing was set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 19. Source:
Vigil Held for Tripp by Family, Friends
Fallen towman killed roadside one year ago memorialized
Sensibar is Finalist for Award
Up for book on towman memorials along the highways
No Contest Plea in Towman’s Death
Sybil Warrick will be sentenced February 19 in Texas

Navistar's Earnings Climb in 2018

For the second straight year Navistar International finished the fiscal year with a profit. The company reported net income of $340 million for 2018, drastically up from 2017's $30 million in net income.

The company's 2018 revenue was $10.25 billion, up from 2017's $8.6 billion. Strong sales in its core market, Class 6-8 trucks, were a prime driver in the revenue increase, the company said.

Navistar's president and Chief Executive Troy Clarke called it "a breakout year for Navistar." The company gained marketshare in the Class 8 market, he said, adding the company "expects to 2019 to be another strong year for Navistar and the industry."

Navistar in 2017 finished the year in the black for the first time since 2011, as the company's balance sheet became marred by costly repairs to its MaxxForce line of engines, which it has since shuttered.

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Perpetual Mourning

Yesterday (Jan. 7) was a distressing day for me as an editor. On Tow Industry Today, I had to write "Towman Killed" in three different story headlines.

Three separate incidents in New Mexico, California and Texas all reported on towmen losing their lives roadside in a span of a little over a week. One of the three, Juan Morga of Stockton, California, was killed Christmas Day. Christmas Day! Can you imagine what Dec. 25 will feel like for his family from now on?

We're now at the point where the penalties for drunken driving, distracted driving, violating Move Over laws and whatever else have got to become more severe. The towing industry cannot be in a perpetual state of mourning. At this rate, the Wall of the Fallen in Tennessee might soon cover an entire mile.

During the past two years, the Spirit Ride was monumental in getting the word out about the Move Over laws on the books in all 50 states. News coverage—print and broadcast in large and small media markets—did everything it could to spread the word; but the motoring public is far from being on board

I don't ever want to put together an edition of Tow Industry Today like I did on Jan. 7, nor do I want to put an edition of Tow Industry Week together like I have to do this week reporting on (so far) three roadside deaths and memorials of and for towmen. As this is an industry trade publication, sadly it won't reach the general motoring public.

The industry will have to put more pressure on legislators to do something about this sad state of affairs. We just can't continue to lose members of our family.

--Charles Duke

Tougher Regulation Being Considered

A measure to more closely regulate private tow companies has been approved by a Philadelphia, Pa., city council committee and now moves on to the entire council for consideration.

The legislation, which addresses towing vehicles from private lots and driveways, mandates specific fees and storage costs.

Councilman Bill Greenlee said he's heard plenty from people feeling scammed by towing companies.

"Unfortunately, these towing companies give out a lot of erroneous information -- and that is one of many," he said.

If approved by the full Council, the standard towing fee for a car would be $175 with a $25 per day storage fee. Those charges would double for big trucks.

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