Memorial tow-truck procession Sunday on I-80

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - At least 150 tow-truck operators have signed up to join in a procession Sunday that will briefly travel along Interstate 80 west of Roseville in memory of Dave Robinson Jr. The cortege planning committee had already signed up 150 tow-truck drivers by Thursday for a drive that will honor Robinson and provide a public show of support for laws requiring drivers to change lanes or slow down when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of roads and highways. Drivers will assemble at Golden State Towing 2751 Land Ave., in Sacramento starting at 10 a.m. The procession starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and will briefly move onto I-80 before exiting onto Riverside Avenue in Roseville, spokeswoman Sue Martin said. Martin said the procession is also a show of strength to advocate for tougher laws and fines for people who ignore the two-year-old Move Over Law protecting safety personnel, including tow-truck drivers. The procession will travel along Riverside Avenue to the All American Speedway, 800 All America City Blvd, at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. Operators will take part in a 2 p.m. memorial service for Robinson, who volunteered at the track for several years. Participants are asked to e-mail to help provide an accurate count for the procession. A potluck is planned for after the service. Newcastle’s Christopher Keller, 25, is being held on manslaughter and hit-and-run charges in Placer County Jail in connection with Robinson’s death.