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heading westbound on Route 50. Anderson now faces charges pending further investigation. Okozi’s emergency strobe lights were activated, his cones were set up, and he was wearing reflective gear. Okozi’s niece said, “He was kind, hardworking, and sincere.” From Nigeria, Okozi was a former mechanic and had come out of retirement to work for AAA as a way of staying busy and helping people. His daughter added, “He was still really healthy and he was going to go until he couldn’t go anymore.” “Our hearts go out to Anthony’s loved ones as well as his AAA colleagues during this very difficult time,” said Kevin Micsko, Vice-President of Fleet Operations at AAA Club Alliance. “We will be forever grateful to Anthony and all first responders who have given their lives while helping others.” Source: nbcwashington.com

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Poughkeepsie Tow Company Hit with Suit

Bobby’s Towing of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., including its owner Robert Scores, is being targeted with a lawsuit by the New York Attorney General Letitia James for unsavory tow practices in violation of New York’s business laws. Those practices include rude behavior, illegally towing cars, overcharging for tow fees, falsified tow tickets, and even racist and derogatory comments to vehicle owners. A total of 16 first-person accounts are included in an affidavit submitted by James, who maintains that Scores operates a predatory business which has “cheated and harassed hundreds of drivers in Poughkeepsie over the past decade.” James said in a statement announcing the suit Tuesday: “For too long, Bobby’s Towing bullied New Yorkers who depended on their cars to go to work, take their chil-

dren to school, get groceries, and run errands. No one should have to pay hundreds of dollars to get their car back when they did not do anything wrong.” The lawsuit seeks compensation for those who were cheated. James’s Office estimates Scores would owe the 16 drivers who filed complaints with the office more than $6,200. The suit also includes a spreadsheet of nearly 100 incidents in which Scores “wrongfully obtained profits totaling” more than $36,600. The lawsuit also seeks to prohibit Scores from operating a tow business unless a $100,000 bond is paid. Sources: collisionweek.com poughkeepsiejournal.com

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