Blake Gresham, an 18-year-old tow truck driver in Kansas City, Missouri, was tragically killed on August 27 while he was helping a stranded motorist. Gresham's death brings attention to the "Move Over" law that has been passed in most states, and to further raise awareness for this law and honor the fallen driver, a procession of tow trucks traveled from Grandview, Missouri to his final resting place in Liberty, Missouri.

While "Move Over" laws differ state to state, they are meant to move traffic away from or slow down vehicles passing vehicles parked on the side of the road. In Missouri, the law only applies to vehicles with red or blue lights, which means it doesn't apply to tow trucks equipped with amber lights. Gresham's family, owners of GT Towing where he had worked, have started a nonprofit organization called Move Over for Blake with the goal of making the roads and shoulders safer for tow truck drivers and emergency personnel. Making Gresham's incident even more dangerous, the vehicle he had responded to was located on a bridge, meaning the shoulder had even less space for him to work safely. No information was released on the driver who hit Gresham or whether he or she will face any charges.

Close to 200 tow trucks made the procession which was captured in the 13-minute video. Scroll down to see the entire procession (which starts at about the 2:00 mark of the video).


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      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      I ALWAYS move over, and I don't need a piece of legislation to tell me to do so. It's called COMMON COURTESY. I think it's sad that we need laws telling people to do the right thing. Being on the side of the road with cars whizzing by at highway speeds can be scary, even if you're just standing there, watching the cars go by. They're moving so much faster now that you're stationary. Why would I want to be the driver who causes a stranded driver any more discomfort than they're already in? Just put yourselves in their shoes. I always move over especially if I see moving bodies outside the vehicle(s). Then I look back in my rear view to see who did the same, and I'm surprised at the people who don't move over. Is it not worth taking a few second to switch lanes, to drastically decrease the chances of someone getting hurt/killed?
        Jeeper43
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        I have done the exact same thing since i got my license, The law was only put into place here in NY last year and when it happened i was thinking to myself isnt this just common sense? dont people do this already? do we really need a law? but than I remembered people are stupid
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      In recent years I've got in the habit of moving over if anything is parked on the shoulder. Just never know what can pop out from that vehicle.
        PamieJune
        • 2 Years Ago
        @StephenT
        I know - common sense, huh? But, sadly, much of the world seems to be lacking it. Or, another case of someone not paying attention - too much of that going on on our roads today.
      rkeeeballs
      • 2 Years Ago
      That can be a very dangerous job. I would fully support this law in my state and have it include all towing vehicles. They are just as meaningful as some first responders !...yup... RIP..Blake. I'm sure you have helped so many. thanks.........
      roger
      • 2 Years Ago
      i drive a tow truck here on tybee island ga. and have witness cops being hit by mirrors of passing cars, we have the push over law and i have yet to see any law enforcement officer's enforceing this law. luckily our truck has controls on both sides so we can operate the truck away from traffic flow.
      Brandon Starnes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Within the last few weeks an expanded part of the MO law now includes the amber lights for MoDot workers. Not that tow trucks fall under this but hopefully people will begin moving over anyway. Can't really tell a difference at night amber lights are amber lights...
      wilster008
      • 2 Years Ago
      This poor kid was working for his family's towing business. He had graduated from high school a year early so was a very bright kid. Too bad people can't slow down and use some common sense when behind the wheel. Just so tragic.
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      If possible I always try to move over whether it's a tow truck, other stranded motorist changing a tire etc, or even cop with someone pulled over.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      very sad(
      Harley Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      today is my b day i m 54 today, i am an ex otr long haul owner/op. seen this type of accident too many times.i did not know this young man.MOVE OVER LAWS SHOULD BE UNITED STATES WIDE!!!!!! thank you for the video maybe it will open eyes to the importance of this law which should be common courtesy on our nations hiways. i creid like a baby,for blake as well as all who will miss him. R.I.P. BLAKE GRESHAM
      statuesque946248
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be wise. watch what's happening on the roadways and not on your Iphone. God Bless Blake. HANNAMOTORSPORTS
      boxcart007
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was a beautiful tribute to a working kid just starting to get his life on track. It's sad that it had to end so soon and so tragically.....Prayers to the family and friends and all of his supporters......Be Safe Out There. None of us when our number is up........
      • 2 Years Ago
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