Tow Truck Driver Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver, Family Speaks

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Loved ones of tow truck driver Michael Bower say he was a loving family man who worked two jobs to support his family. The 29-year-old Bower was killed by a hit and run driver when his truck broke down on the west bound ramp leading from the Pioneer Memorial Bridge that connects Sacramento and West Sacramento.

"He was a great father, a great husband, he loved his kids more than anything," said Jaime Bower, Michael's wife of six years.

She wept as she pleaded for anyone who knows anything about the accident to come forward.

The CHP says no one saw the accident. An officer pulled over to check the truck, and found Bower's body on the pavement. They suspect it was a big rig that hit him because of the extent of the damage. The tow truck's mirror was damaged, but that may have been caused by Bower's body after he was struck.

CHP spokesman Pedro Leon also says it's possible that the driver didn't know he struck anything, but on the other hand he said drivers check their rigs for damage often and should know if they were involved in some sort of collision.

Bower's boss, Octavio Portugal of Octavio's Towing, went to help with Bower's disabled truck and thought Bower was right behind him when the engine radiator hose was repaired. Instead Bower failed to meet up with Portugal farther down the road. When he went back he saw the emergency vehicles and the news media.

"My heart just dropped, my gut just got tight," said Portugal.

Portugal got emotional when he spoke about what he might have done differently to save his life, as he was the last person to speak to him or see him alive.

A memorial fund has been set up under the name of Michael Bower at the First Northern Bank in Dixon where Bower lived. Branches in other communities are also accepting donations for the fund.

The Woodland CHP is asking for anyone who might have been on the bridge ramp at around 8:45PM Monday nightl and who saw anything to contact them.

A gofundme account has been set up for the Bower family in their time of need. You can find it by clicking here.

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