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Tow truck driver killed in hit-and-run

8:56 PM, Jul 31, 2011   |    comments
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According to Arvada Police, Alan Dilley, a 41-year-old Connolly's Tow Truck driver, was helping emergency workers outside of a vehicle that needed to be towed. Just after 1:30 a.m., near the intersection of 58th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, police say Dilley was hit by a Nissan Rogue.

"It's a very sad story," Marcello Ortega, a tow truck driver who worked with Dilley and considered him a friend, said. "It does make you angry."

Police say the driver of the Rogue did not stop, but was pulled over and arrested minutes later near 64th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. Twenty-eight-year-old Zachariah Dobler from Lakewood was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Dilley was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Officers are investigating if Dobler was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.

Dobler has been arrested several times since 2002, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. His arrests included petty larceny, DUI, burglary, domestic violence and marijuana possession.

Tow truck drivers say the profession is a dangerous one. They are often on busy roads or highways as cars speed by. They say if lights are flashing, it's critical to slow down and pull into the opposite lane.

"We all have families, we all have somewhere to go home," Ortega said. "[He] woke up yesterday to take care of his family, and some irresponsible person took that away from him."

Dilley's brother says towing trucks was something Alan found as a career late in life - and it was all he wanted to do. His brother says he hopes people don't forget, any time soon, that tow truck drivers face dangerous conditions every day.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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