FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A memorial was held Friday for a Fountain tow truck driver who was killed after being hit by a car Thursday night.

30-year-old David Meyer was helping out a driver on the left-hand shoulder in the southbound lanes of I-25 at mile point 188 near Castle Pines Parkway in Castle Rock.

Friends, family, and towing co-workers gathered at Bears Towing and Recovery Friday evening around 7:30 p.m. to honor Meyers. A procession of tow trucks is planned for Saturday around noon.

According to Colorado State Patrol, Meyer had stepped into the left lane of I-25 while working on the tow and was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was southbound in the left lane.  The Ram also hit the mirror of the tow truck as it passed, and the mirror of the tow truck was protruding into the left lane.

The driver of the Ram stopped after the crash.  She is a 30-year-old Pueblo woman and she was not injured.

Excessive speed, alcohol or drugs, are not considered factors in the crash.  CSP is still investigating the incident and the driver of the Ram has not been charged at this time.  

The summer is both the busiest and most dangerous time of year for first responders operating on the roadside. According to AAA– American Automobile Association, Nationwide, more than 100 tow truck operators, police officers, firefighters, highway workers, and first responders are struck and killed by vehicles while working on the roadside each year. 60 percent of those killed are tow operators – with one tow truck driver killed, on average, every six days.

In Colorado, drivers face a $170 ticket, four penalty points, and a misdemeanor charge for failure to move over or slow down when approaching an official vehicle with flashing red, blue, or amber lights on the side of the road.