Tow truck driver charged with killing car owner

Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing has been covering local tow truck drivers and add this new story:

“A couple weeks back I posted an entry about crooked towing companies in southern California. This story from the LA Times tops everything so far:

A tow truck driver was charged Wednesday with manslaughter after running over a Santa Ana man while towing his vehicle in June, officials said.

Paul Michael Sassenberger, 29, of San Bernardino County faces 20 charges, including taking a vehicle unlawfully, extortion by force or threat, attempted extortion, aggravated assault, reckless driving and using methamphetamine, said Mark Macaulay, spokesman for the Orange County district attorney’s office.

According to the article, the tow truck driver was cranked up on speed at the time. It also says that ‘tow truck drivers are required by state law to release a vehicle if the owner arrives before the vehicle has left the property.’

Link (thanks, jason!)