Tow truck driver seriously hurt in Concord hit-and-run crash

CONCORD, N.C. — A tow truck driver was left for dead after he was hit by a driver who then left the scene, according to his colleagues.

John Owen had just wrapped up a long day of driving for Lebleus Towing in Concord around 11:30 p.m. on Friday when his truck was rear-ended on the Concord Parkway, coworkers and police told Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura.

Surveillance video from the truck shows Owen getting out. He’s out of frame for about 45 seconds, but then video shows him being dragged about 50 feet up the road.

Police say a driver went around the tow truck, hitting Owen in the process. At the end of the video, you can see him laying on the street before a black car takes off and someone rushes to help the the man.

“(The good Samaritan) did an excellent job, we’re trying to find out who they are so we can thank them, if they wouldn’t have stopped more than likely he wouldn’t be here today,” said Jeremy Good, owner of Lebleus Towing.

Good said he can’t believe someone would to this to his standout employee.

“He was just trying to go home and see his family,” Good said. “I mean, he’s one of the best guys you’d ever meet.”

Good said all the surveillance video has been turned over to the Concord Police Department to help with the investigation. He’s asking these nearby business owners to do the same.

Concord police said they’re looking for a black, four-door sedan of unknown make or model. They are continuing to investigate the crash.

Good wants justice for Owen and has a message for the person behind the wheel.

“Whoever did it should have a little respect and turn themselves in. He doesn’t deserve to be stuck with all these hospital bills,” the owner said.

Right now, Owen is recovering at a Charlotte Hospital.

His colleagues are pitching in $1,000 of their own money to offer a reward leading to an arrest in the case.

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