• HERO drivers asking drivers to slow down

    By: Manuel Bojorquez


    ATLANTA,None - Almost one year since a HERO driver was struck and killed while helping a stranded motorist, fellow HERO drivers are asking the public to slow down and move over.  

    Spencer Pass died in January, when he was struck by the driver of a truck pulling a loaded trailer, while on a call.   

    "He was a caring man, he always tried to help everybody," said David Clark, a HERO operator who allowed Channel 2 Action News to ride along with him Tuesday morning.  

    "When it comes to emergency situations, we all gotta work together or somebody's gonna get hurt," Clark said as he drove down the downtown connector, looking for stranded motorists.  

    The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding the public about the move over law, which requires drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles pulled to the side of the road.   Clark said that also helps to ensure the safety of the motorists HERO operators are trying to help.  

    He quickly spotted one SUV with the emergency lights on, and inside found a mother and her baby. They had a flat tire and had to wait for a spare.  

    The woman, Patricia Mukenge, was thankful for the help and hoped drivers heed the warning to be safe, especially during the holiday travel rush.  

    "A life is very valuable," she said. "So you have to respect what they're doing because they're putting their life on the line to help other people."


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