By Ashley M. Casey
A tow truck driver from West Monroe seeks to spread awareness of New York state’s “Move Over Law” after he was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident.
Lyboult, 33, has worked with his family’s business, Rose’s Towing Service in West Monroe, for nearly 14 years.
A blue-and-white tractor trailer struck Lyboult while he was changing a tire on Interstate 81 in Mexico. His stomach was torn open and he suffered severe injuries.
Lyboult underwent surgery and was told by doctors that if the truck had pierced just one more layer of tissue, he would not have survived.
Over his years as a tow truck driver, Lyboult said he had had “lots of close calls, but nothing that actually ended up hitting me.”
The changes to the Move Over Law went into effect Jan. 1, 2012.
According to the New York State Division of State Police’s website, the Move Over Law requires drivers who encounter emergency and hazard vehicles to slow down and “move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency or hazard vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.”
Emergency vehicles such as police, fire trucks and ambulances have red, blue and/or white flashing lights, and hazard vehicles such as tow trucks and construction equipment have flashing amber lights.
Previously, the law only applied to approaching emergency vehicles. The revision included hazard vehicles.
“I honestly believe most people don’t even know there is a law,” Lyboult said. “And if they do, they think it only applies to police and firetrucks. It doesn’t even register that there’s a whole other group of people standing there.”
Brad Lyboult, Dorwin’s father, said law enforcement has not been able to track down the driver who hit his son.
“Maybe the guy will man up,” Brad Lyboult said of the driver.
Dorwin said police arrived at the scene of the accident only after he had been transported to the hospital, but that they “talked to every truck on the road that day, (looking) for the one that had my blood on it.”
Lyboult said he has no idea when he will be recovered enough to return to work. In the meantime, he is using his story to encourage people to obey the “Move Over Law.”