LMPD wrecker driver killed while trying to tow abandoned truck

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville Metro Police Department wrecker driver was killed trying to hook up an abandoned F-150 truck from the side of the road.

According to the Louisville Metro Police Public Information Officer, around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, an LMPD wrecker driver was dispatched to I-64 West near the Cannons Lane overpass to tow an F-150 that had been abandoned on the roadway. While the tow truck operator was hooking up the abandoned truck when something went wrong and the tow truck driver was trapped underneath his vehicle. The tow truck driver died from his injuries.

The Jefferson County coroner identified the tow truck driver as 62-year-old Larry Kizer.

No one else was involved in this incident. 

Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement:

“Today’s fatal accident involving a longtime civilian LMPD employee on I-64 is a tragedy for our entire city – and a stark reminder of the challenging and sometimes dangerous work city employees do day and night and in all kinds of circumstances to keep our community safe. I share my deepest and sincerest condolences with this valued worker’s family, friends, and coworkers.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement: 

“Elaine and I join all of Louisville in mourning the loss of Larry Kizer, a dedicated public servant who gave his life while helping to keep our community safe. Every single day, we rely on the Louisville Metro Police Department, its officers and its employees to protect our city and all the families who call it home. Their selfless sacrifice allows each of us to rest easier, and it’s our responsibility to support them and their mission. We share our sincere condolences with the LMPD and the Kizer family during this difficult time.”

Cannon's lane shut down

Cannon's lane shut down

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All lanes have reopened according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 

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