Tow trucks form funeral procession for colleague killed on Escondido freeway

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A fleet of tow trucks formed a funeral procession Wednesday for a tow truck driver killed over the weekend while changing a tire.

The procession began at about 8 a.m. at Sky Towing on 605 Ventura Street in Escondido. It headed south on Interstate 15 and  east on Interstate 8 to St. Michael's Chaldean Church in El Cajon.

The procession is starting at South Mollison and Washington in El Cajon. (Credit: Libby Lake)

The procession is starting at South Mollison and Washington in El Cajon. (Credit: Libby Lake)

Tow truck drivers said they want the procession to bring awareness to "move over" laws, which state that drivers must move over whenever there are emergency lights flashing on the shoulder, leaving at least one extra lane between drivers and the incident, according to Caltrans.

The tow truck drivers said they believe many people are either unaware of the law or choose to ignore it. The law is meant to protect both drivers and anyone on the shoulder.

The driver killed on Saturday was 48-year-old Jabar Issa of El Cajon.  He was pulled over on the side of the eastbound 78 freeway at Nordahl Road in San Marcos around 7 a.m. Saturday. The California Highway Patrol says Issa was changing a flat tire for a 43-year old driver when a 2003 Ford F-250 truck veered onto the right shoulder.

The truck slammed into Issa's tow truck and Issa himself, CHP said. The passing truck also hit the car Issa was assisting and a second tow truck driver and his truck at the scene before coming to a stop.

Issa was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and the second tow truck driver was seriously injured, according to CHP. Both men were standing outside of their trucks on the shoulder when the truck drove by.

The other tow truck driver was taken to a hospital with a broken leg and serious internal injuries. The driver of the car the tow truck drivers were helping suffered cuts to his upper torso.

The 52-year old driver of the F-250 truck has not been identified and was not hurt.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the driver of that truck to veer onto the shoulder. Drivers may see delays on the 15 freeway during the procession.

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