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Memorial ride with a message planned for tow truck driver killed on the job

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Call it a brotherhood.

For about a decade, Justin Gordon has worked as a tow truck driver.

“I know they’ve got my back, as I’ve got theirs,” Gordon said. “This is a lifestyle. We chose this lifestyle. We’re trying to help you out. We’re trying to get you home safe.”

Gordon previously worked with Steve Simpson, whom he describes as a “good guy,” who “would do anything for anybody.”

The 42-year-old Meade County man died Monday night along Dixie Highway while on the job.

According to LMPD, Simpson was loading a vehicle onto a wrecker when he was sideswiped by a van.

“It’s getting out of hand. There are way too many close calls for these drivers,” Gordon said. “I’ve had my mirrors knocked off. When we hear those rumble strips, it’s time to go.”

As Simpson’s loved ones prepare to say their final goodbyes, Gordon had the idea to organize a memorial ride with a message.

More than fifty tow truck companies have committed to take part in Saturday morning’s Memorial Ride for Steve Simpson.

The ride will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ohio Valley Raceway in West Point.

From there, the tow trucks will ride to Meade County High School and then to Hager Funeral Home for Simpson’s funeral which starts at 2 p.m.

Gordon says the ride is also to raise awareness of the Move Over Law, which in Kentucky and Indiana requires drivers to leave the lane closest to a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights flashing. That includes tow trucks.

If a driver cannot move over, that driver must slow down.

“When people see a line of tow trucks, that’s us trying to get a point proven to slow down and move over,” Gordon said. “Just bring a tow truck out and ride with your brothers and show your support of Steve’s family.”

Donations for Simpson’s family will be collected at the memorial ride.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help.

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