Memorial Erected for Winnipeg Tow Truck Driver Killed by Drunk DriverOct 2nd, 2010 | By Editorial Staff | Category: National News
A 26-year-old Winnipeg, Canada, tow truck driver killed three years ago became the first recipient of an official roadside memorial program developed by the city, according to a news report.
Amanda Frizzley was killed early on Sept. 30, 2007, when her tow truck collided with a sport utility vehicle speeding the wrong way down a one-way downtown street. The impact of the crash flipped Frizzley’s tow truck on its roof. One passenger was also injured.
Steven Watkins, the driver of the sport utility vehicle, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Jan. 21, 2009, after pleading guilty to impaired driving causing death. He was driving with more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit, the report states.
Since her friend’s death, Michelle Golebiowski has worked with the city to erect an official memorial at the crash site. The permanent memorial was attached three weeks ago to a light standard at Donald Street and York Avenue in downtown Winnipeg.
Golebiowski said she hopes the memorial will influence people not to drink and drive, according to the report, and said she’s sure the public will see more of these kinds of messages around in the future.