Memorial fund organized for slain trucker's family

| 7/30/2004

There have not been any new breaks in the investigation of the shooting death of trucker Steven Sutton in Dallas July 26, but fellow truckers and others in the industry have launched an effort to give his family a break by establishing a memorial fund to help with current and future expenses.

Sutton, 45, of Calhoun, GA, had been an employee of Seven Hills Transportation in Cartersville, GA, for about five months, according to company controller Jim Little. Little said the firm had received numerous calls from truckers wanting to help Sutton’s family, so Seven Hills established a memorial fund at a local bank. A native of New York, Sutton had requested that he be buried in that state, and Little said Sutton’s wife is facing substantial costs for transportation and burial.

Contributions and condolences may be sent to the Steve Sutton Memorial Fund, c/o Seven Hills Transportation, 2 Dean Drive, Cartersville, GA, 30120. Checks and money orders should be made out to the Steve Sutton Memorial Fund.

Sutton and his wife were resting at a truck stop in southeast Dallas at 8445 S. Lancaster Road about 1 a.m. Monday, July 26, when, according to police reports, a man entered their truck and demanded money. Sutton refused and shoved the man from the truck, his wife reported. The suspect fired one shot at Sutton, who managed to drive the truck to a nearby restaurant before he died.

Senior Cpl. Chris Gilliam, a police spokesman, told Land Line Magazine the gunman was accompanied by three other men. The only description provided by the wife to police listed the suspects as four African-American males in their late teens or early 20s.

The investigation is ongoing while police work with Sutton’s wife in attempts to identify the suspects. No arrests had been made as of Friday, July 30.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the Dallas homicide detectives at (214) 671-3661.