UPDATE: Victim in tow truck incident identified

June 13, 2014
Medical-Emergency

UPDATE: Scott Doolan has been identified as the 54-year-old victim. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office has ruled “preliminary” cause of death to be “pelvic injuries” with a “contributing cause of death of coronary artery disease and emphysema.” Police are not releasing details on the tow-truck driver or the towing company, as an investigation is ongoing.

Online Staff Report

A 54-year-old Rockford man is dead after attempting to confront a tow truck driver who says he was towing a vehicle from a parking lot in the 3300 block of North Main Street near Whiskey’s Roadhouse. The incident occurred around 11:10 p.m., Thursday, June 12.

According to Rockford police, the driver of the tow truck said he removed a vehicle from a parking lot for parking in an area posted with a no parking warning sign. After hooking the vehicle to his tow-truck and beginning to drive away, the 54-year-old man allegedly confronted and assaulted the tow-truck driver.

Police say it is unclear whether the man was run over by the tow truck or the vehicle being towed. Authorities confirmed the tow-truck driver contacted police immediately after the incident.

The 54-year-old man died shortly after being transported to a local hospital.

Posted June 13, 2014

One Comment

  1. Almost Retired

    June 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    There should NOT be “no parking” areas around the establishment. When that little strip mall is closed, parking should be allowed. These tow truck drivers are making a KILLING on this area because the signs are not that clear as to where you CAN park. And the tow truck driver is beligerant and obnoxious, at least the one I had experience with and MY vehicle was not the one being towed. He sits in the area and waits for someone unfamiliar with the area to park incorrectly and then POUNCES on the vehicle as soon as he sees the driver walk into the establishment. I think THAT needs to be investigated TOO!! It is a lucrative scam if you ask me. No one calls the tow company to have them remove vehicles, they are just there waiting!!

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