A special tribute was held Sunday afternoon in Largo for a Bay area tow truck driver who lost his life Monday in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Manatee County.
Scott Hinchliffe was traveling south near the Eerie Rd. overpass when his rig blew a tire.
The 46-year-old Madeira Beach resident lost control of the vehicle struck the concrete bridge and was ejected. He died at the scene.
Hinchliffe was laid to rest Sunday at the Serenity Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery in Largo. Tow truck drivers from as far away as Miami were on hand to pay their respects.
The big rigs lined the street in front of the Moss Feaster Funeral home prior to the graveside service.
Ginger Darling with Nationwide Towing was among those who attended the service. She says it is amazing nobody else was killed or hurt in the fatal crash.
"Those trucks are very hard to control when something like that happens," she said. "Somehow, by the Grace of God, he managed to keep that truck in a straight line and did not harm anyone else."
Darling said Hinchliffe was a caring funny guy who will be sorely missed.
The deceased was a longtime employee of Joe's Towing and Recovery in Largo. Darling says he was a tow truck driver for nearly 30 years.
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