Tow truck driver killed in Kansas City honored

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | 8:04 a.m. CDT; updated 10:49 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SMITHVILLE — Hundreds of tow truck drivers joined friends and family to honor an 18-year-old who was killed while helping a stranded driver in Kansas City.

Blake Gresham died Monday after being hit by a truck while securing the woman's vehicle to his tow truck on an interstate bridge in Kansas City.

On Tuesday, a procession of tow truck drivers drove to the vigil at Smithville High School. Gresham graduated early from the school to work at his father's towing company, Gresham and Son Transport.

Police said  it's unclear why the truck driver didn't see Gresham. No charges have been filed.

The drivers said they hope Gresham's death will remind motorists to move over at least one lane when passing a tow truck.

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