If last week’s tragic death of tow-truck driver David Robinson Jr. has taught us anything, it’s to be more aware of what’s happening when we’re behind the wheel — and to come forward when we see a wrong.
Kudos must be handed out to those witnesses who stepped forward and gave accurate descriptions of the vehicle police said was driven in the incident. And acknowledgement should also be given to local area law enforcement agencies who worked together to arrest a suspect — a family can now start to heal.
This unfortunate incident serves as a stark reminder that when you’re on the road you must mind the law and always keep an eye out for others. As the old saying goes, when you’re behind the wheel you’re not just driving for yourself, but for everyone else, too.
Remember, that when you come upon an emergency vehicle on the side of the highway, law requires you to get over a lane to give them room, this goes for tow-trucks as well, or slow down if you cannot safely move over. And while this is required for emergency vehicles, it’s a good practice in general. Don’t just get over for the fire truck, but move over for the man who’s trying to change his flat tire while his family sits in the car. It’s just common sense.
Since we don’t know what happened in the moments before, during and after this terrible incident last week, it’s important to let the court system do its diligence before the fate Christopher Michael Keller of Newcastle is decided. This is a terrible situation where both sides lose. A family mourns the loss of a son, while a driver carries the burden of taking another man’s life — something he’ll carry with him the rest of his days.
It’s tough to see any positives in a situation such as this, but if there is something to take away, it’s that a new awareness has been formed. The next time you see a tow-truck driver, a California Highway Patrol Officer or anyone else on the side of the road, hopefully you’ll think of Robinson Jr., and turn on your blinker and get over.
It’s the best way to honor him, and all those who’ve lost their lives helping others on our roads.
For more on California’s “move over” law, visit dot.ca.gov/moveover