Second trucker killed at Sioux Falls, SD, Pilot

| 9/10/2008

For the second time in three years, a trucker has been struck and killed at the Pilot Travel Center in Sioux Falls, SD. And for the second time police are hoping to talk to anyone who might have seen anything.

Police say the victim, who was found near a fueling island on the night of August 23, was 63-year-old George Taylor of Webb City, MO. He was driving for Trans Am Trucking.

On Nov. 9, 2005, 58-year-old Gregory Zuba – a truck driver from Erie, PA – died the same way at the Sioux Falls truck stop.

The local police suspect the similarities in the fatal incidents are coincidental.

“Well, I would say it’s a remarkable coincidence,” Sioux Falls police officer Bryan Brink told Land Line Now’s Reed Black on XM satellite radio.

“Both of these incidents have happened in the nighttime hours. It’s a relatively dark parking lot around the fuel islands,” Brink said.

In the case of the most recent death, Brink says police would like to talk to a trucker who was seen driving a white Volvo or Freightliner with a white dry van trailer with the words “Dean’s Foods” written in blue letters.

The driver, accompanied by a dark-haired female companion, is described as a white man in his 20s or 30s wearing a gray T-shirt and khaki shorts.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the 2005 death of Gregory Zuba remains unsolved.

Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this report.