A local radio
station in Orlando, FL, has stepped in to help a trucker who lost
his job after he was the victim of an accident.
On Sept. 15,
police say Bryan Christopher Randall deliberately swerved his SUV
into the path of a tractor-trailer in a small town near Orlando, The Associated Press reported. Randall tried to drown his
two youngest children earlier, and then killed his two oldest children
while committing suicide by ramming the truck later that day.
Since the accident,
the truck driver, Ed Tippie, has been unable to work. Michael Stout,
an OOIDA member from Key Largo, FL, said his fellow trucker has
been haunted by what he saw that day.
guy pulled out in front of him, he basically had to watch while
one of the kids in the car died on the scene,” Stout said.
Sentinel said the trucker lost his job soon after. His supervisor
at Gipsy's Transport told him to return to work immediately, but
Tippie asked for some time, saying he was unable to get behind the
wheel. In response, he was let go, the newspaper reported.
other worries as well. His son, who suffers from cerebral palsy,
is in need of surgery, and the family does not have health coverage.
situation became known in the community, a local radio station,
WTKS, stepped in to help. The station has broadcast information
about the driver’s situation, and has set up a fund at a local bank.
assistant vice president and operations manager at the First National
Bank Of Florida branch on Lee Road, said the bank is accepting donations.
She was told by officials at the radio station the money will be
used to help Tippie and his family with utility bills, their mortgage
payment and other expenses.
be sent in the form of a check made out to the Edward Tippie Relief
Fund, Utegg said. The envelope should be addressed to: Edward Tippie
Relief Fund, First National Bank of Florida, PO Box 607884, Orlando,
fellow trucker Stout is trying to spread the word about the benefit,
including making contact with various trucking radio shows and Land
“I know most
OOIDA members are more than willing to help out with a situation
like that,” he said.
--by Mark H.
Reddig, associate editor
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