A Florida Highway Patrol office, a tow truck driver and a father helping his daughter were ALL killed when a driver ignored Florida's Move Over Law.
Sarasota, Florida - The Florida Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies say you need to know about the "move over" law; it could be the difference between life or death.
"I feel lost, angry," says Bonny Duggan. Her husband wasn't supposed to work the day he was killed. "He was killed doing a friend a favor."
John Duggan was a tow truck driver out of Ocala and was helping a friend's daughter when another vehicle plowed into all of them. Also hit were George Phillips -- a father there to help his daughter -- and FHP Trooper Chelsea Richard.
They were all killed.
"It was heart wrenching-makes. It even tougher, because you know the person," says FHP Colonel David Brierton. "Chelsea was an energetic, dedicated trooper, who wanted to be a part of traffic safety, education... in a way, she is helping us today, with her memory."
At this partnership event with more than 100 other emergency personnel, this tragic story was shared. It served as a reminder for drivers to MOVE OVER - it's the law. "Move over or slow down 20 miles below the speed limit," said FHP.
Troopers say the driver responsible for this didn't.
"People are just so selfish. They text, they talk, they don't pay attention, they speed," said Duggan. "People will see this interview and say, 'Yes, that is so true... and then they go out and do it, thinking it doesn't apply to them. It does. It happens to anybody."
Families and the FHP remind drivers that Florida requires them to move over from accident scenes.