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Tow truck driver killed in Temecula crash is identified


Last updated 10/25/2017 at Noon

A tow truck driver who was killed last week in a suspected DUI crash just off the 15 Freeway in Temecula was identified Wednesday, Oct. 25, as 28-year-old Kyle Crull of Wildomar.

Crull died at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar about 12:40 a.m. Saturday after being struck by a car when he pulled over to the shoulder of the Temecula Parkway off-ramp of the 15 Freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Crull, an employee of DJ's towing in Temecula, had gone to that area about 11:35 p.m. Friday to help a motorist and the motorist's passenger after their vehicle had become disabled. It was during this time that a 2016 Kia Optima driven by 19-year-old Danika Lee McGetrick sideswiped the disabled vehicle, struck the tow truck driver then struck the back of the tow truck.

McGetrick was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury or death and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. She was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley with bail set at $75,000, but was released later that day.

A GoFundMe page raising money for Crull's daughter had raised about $9,620 by Wednesday night.

"Kyle loved his daughter and talked about her constantly," the fundraiser page says. " She was everything to him and we need to make sure she is taken care of. "

A news release from the towing company described Crull as a "Highway Hero," who had gone to many crashes and calls for assistance.

"Kyle will be remembered as a dedicated father, and for the kindness he showed to those in need on the roadways of the Temecula Valley," the release says.


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