Woman who called for tow truck wants to help after driver killed

Posted at 3:41 PM, May 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-05 15:42:40-04

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The family of the woman who called for a tow truck Thursday night on Interstate 295 in Hanover will hold a fundraiser for the tow truck driver killed while he worked at the scene.

Jason Bailey, 22, died when another driver ran into him on the side of the interstate.

That driver was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to breath/blood sample, involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and obstruction of justice after the deadly crash.

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The woman who called for the tow truck said Bailey told her and her mother (who arrived to pick her up) to leave the interstate because it was not safe for them to be there. He was killed minutes later.

“On behalf of my family and myself, we wish to extend our sincerest and deepest condolences to the family of Jason Bailey,” V. Jewel Gregory  wrote in a statement. “Due to his commitment within his position, he had an untimely death while assisting me in what should have been an ordinary part of his job. Due to his determination in maintaining safety for me and my family, he requested for us to leave and subsequently, minutes later, he was struck and killed. This entire ordeal is still so surreal to us, however, we are grateful for who he was and all that he stood for.”

To help raise money for Bailey's girlfriend and one-year-old son, the Gregory family will  host a fundraiser Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the SweetFrog on Forest Hill Ave, in Richmond.

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"Donations can be given all day, however, a fundraising event will be between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.," Gregory said. "All proceeds from the event as well as a percentage of profits for that day will be given to the trust fund for Jason’s son."