Third Victim Of Tragic I-75 Crash, Remembered
OCALA - The third and final victim in the recent I-75 accident near Ocala, was laid to rest this afternoon. Family and friends organized a tow truck tribute for this tow truck driver who died while doing what he loved to do the most.
A procession of tow trucks and classic cars made its way to John Duggan Sr.’s celebration here in Ocala, all to honor his life. There are three things that meant the world to Duggan Sr.; his family, friends and his tow trucks.
Family members describe him as a loving husband, father and grandfather; always going out of his way to help others.
His son, John Duggan Jr. said, "Dad was a great guy, I just want to thank everyone for coming here and showing respect."
Duggan Sr. was working the scene of a minor accident when another wreck sent a pickup truck and trailer into the shoulder and median, killing him and two others. Heather Duggan, his daughter-in-law, believes his death could've been prevented.
"I mean people die in traffic accidents all the time, let alone someone standing on the road doing their job. And when there's bad weather you have to slow down, give more space for those freak things that happen in front of you… so you have more time to stop without having to get out of your lane a create a multiple cascade of events," Heather said.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified tow truck drivers as one of America's most dangerous jobs. The Duggan's want to use this incident to shed some light to the bigger picture. His wife, Bonny Duggan said, "Hopefully as my son said for the tow man’s association we've got to get some information out there for people to pull over… this could've all been avoided if someone wasn't in a rush… wherever they were going they were in a rush. And it cost all of us someone we loved."
During the ceremony, those who were close to Duggan senior talked about his sense of humor, but most importantly how he will forever be in their hearts.
"And he was just the nicest person you could've ever met… always willing to give. He would just do anything for any one, it didn't matter where you called him, what time you called him-- that was just mr. John," Karen Woodberry a colleague said.
Duggan Sr. and his son Duggan Jr. started Duggan Towing together. His son hopes to continue the family business, stronger than ever for his dad.
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