Reporting Monique Griego
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ)– Police in Anne Arundel County are looking for the driver who hit and killed a tow truck operator Wednesday morning, then took off.
Monique Griego has more on the vehicle you need to be looking for.
Route 100 in Glen Burnie shut down for several hours after 38-year-old James Schreiber Jr., a tow truck operator, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
“I’d like to catch the person, bring them back out here and do the same to them,” said Martin Zeigler, Ted’s Towing.
Zeigler says Schreiber had been a good friend and employee of his for 12 years.
“Family man, excellent person, excellent worker,” he said. “I’d call him my right hand man. We’re all going to be devastated without him.”
Police say Schreiber was on the side of the road, helping a stranded sewage truck, when he was hit.
“We’re seeking leads at this point. We really need help from t he public to come forward if they know anything,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police.
Witnesses say the vehicle was a 1987 to 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, possibly red in color. Police believe it has front-end damage and may be missing a light.
The suspected driver is a white male in his early- to mid 30s with a thin build and a crew cut or short brown hair.
While this is the first time a driver from Ted’s Towing has been killed, Zeigler says several others have been hit while working on the side of the road.
“Very dangerous on the side of the road. People aren’t paying attention,” Zeigler said.
Zeigler hopes the driver who took off realizes Schreiber’s wife and two young kids need closure.
“I would hope if they have any conscience, I would hope they’d go to the nearest phone or drive to the police department,” he said.
Zeigler says unlike emergency vehicles, right now there aren’t any laws that protect tow truck drivers on the side of the road. He’s pushing to change that.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-8610 or 911.