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Ride honors life of Kentucky tow truck driver killed on the job

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- About 80 tow trucks from Kentucky and Indiana created a procession to honor the life of a driver killed on the job.

Steve Simpson, 42, died Monday night along Dixie Highway.

According to LMPD, the Meade County father of three was loading a vehicle onto a wrecker when he was sideswiped by a van.

On Saturday, the tow trucks traveled about 20 miles from Ohio Valley Raceway near West Point to Meade County High School in Brandenburg.

Simpson's funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at nearby Hager Funeral Home.

“We take care of each other,” said Casey Nanez who took part in the ride. “People from all over the state are here right now. The top companies from Kentucky are here. It’s heartwarming to know that there’s that kind of support.”

“I’m speechless right now,” described Justin Gordon, a former coworker of Simpson who organized the ride. “He’s gonna leave behind a lot of memories for us.”

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, they must slow down.

"Hopefully, after this, it will be a wake up call to motorists to move over. If they can’t move over, they need to slow down," Gordon said.

"People, pay attention," Nanez said. "Look out. You don’t want to see this again. We don’t want to see this again. We don’t want to do this again."

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help Simpson’s family.

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Sister-in-law of tow truck driver killed on Dixie Highway: 'Slow down and move over'

Tow truck driver hit and killed on Dixie Highway near West Point

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