About fifty tow trucks from the Tampa Bay area rode across the Howard Franklin Bridge Sunday afternoon to pay tribute to Roger Perez. Perez was killed by a hit and run driver in mid-February. He was towing a vehicle on the Howard Franklin Bridge when the crash happened. Roger's sister said she is heartbroken.
"I lost it at first, it was very surreal," said Zarais Perez- Borroto.
She said he was a family man with a 4-year old child.
Deputies arrested Allison Huffman after the crash. She allegedly told authorities she fled the scene, because she was scared. Tow truck drivers are using Sunday afternoon's ride as a way to remind people about Florida's "move over law" which requires drivers to move over a lane when they are approaching emergency vehicles. "If the law is there follow the law, it's there for a reason and this is the reason for it," said Perez- Borroto.
The tow truck operators said they are normally in competition with each other, but Sunday's event united them.
"We are all in competition, but when it comes to this we are family, this is in memory of Roger," said Ginger Darling.
You can help Roger's family by supporting their "GoFundMe" Page.