Pennsylvania Tow Truck Driver Begins Recovery After Drunk Driving Accident

Jan 6th, 2011 | By | Category: National News

A Pennsylvania tow truck driver who suffered severe injuries while on the job Friday Nov. 26, has begun the road to recovery with the help of family and friends.

Driver Dave Butler said the last thing he remembered that night was pulling out of Wawa, a coffee house in Thorndale. He was struck by what officials allege was a drunk driver. Butler suffered severe internal injuries and was on life support until the following Tuesday, a report states.

Days later he was taken off life support and was able to come home by Christmas to be with his five children. Butler is learning how to walk again, and still has pain in his left leg, according to the report.

A trust set up in his name will help with medical expenses. And a fundraiser was held shortly after the crash at Black Ink, a tattoo shop owned by family friend John Black. Black and two of his employees worked for 12 hours one Saturday and donated every cent they made, including tips, to Butler’s trust fund.

In addition to the fundraiser, jars with explanations about the accident have been placed at random businesses to help collect money.

Before the incident Butler held two jobs to support his five children and his wife of 10 years, Chavon.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Butler, Gary Dean Grimes, 56, is facing charges including aggravated assault by vehicle and driving under the influence. Grimes is in Chester County Prison after charges were held for court during a Dec. 20 preliminary hearing. His formal arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6, the report states.

Butler’s trust fund has been set up through the Citadel Federal Credit Union. Donations may be given to the Dave Butler Fund at any Citadel location.