Because of a recent turf war by rival tow-truck companies, news of a Philadelphia car accident will no longer be dispatched over Philadelphia airwaves. Instead, when an accident occurs, police will be alerted by written electronic messages delivered to laptop computers in their cars. Authorities hope that this will lead tow-truck companies to stop harassing motorists after accidents.
This new rule took effect following a recent incident in which one tow truck driver was shot, and properties linked to two tow truck companies were torched and riddled with gunfire.
The deadly incident began when Jose LaTorre Jr., of J & Sons Autobody, arrived to the scene of an accident in a Cadillac Escalade, and claimed his company's right to a damaged vehicle. When a tow truck from Mystical Towing arrived, that company claimed the right because they had a tow truck at the scene. When tensions escalated, LaTorre shot the other driver in the thigh.
Days later, 13 cars were torched while under one of the company's care, while the other's property was vandalized with fire and gunshots. Later in the week, LaTorre turned himself in to Philadelphia police, and was charge with aggravated assault.
As to the new rules regarding accident dispatches, exceptions will be made for accidents that involve serious injuries.
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