TDOT death brings back memories for trooper’s widow

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators have not filed charges against the truck driver who hit a TDOT truck that injured two workers and killed a third Thursday morning.

However, THP Lt. Bill Miller says there is evidence the driver violated the Move Over Law.

The law requires drivers to move over or slow down if a vehicle with flashing lights is on the side of the road. It gives them space to safely work.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Thursday’s crash hit home for Alicia Larkins. She lost her husband 11 years ago in similar circumstances.

“The pain never goes away,” Larkins told News 2. “It just breaks my heart that another family has to go through this.”

In July 2005, THP Trooper Todd Larkins pulled over a vehicle on the side of Interstate 40 in Dickson County. A semi veered off the side of the road and hit him. Larkins died instantly.

“It’s common sense and it’s real simple. If you can’t move over, you slow down,” she said.

Larkins wants stiffer penalties for violators of the law and automatic jail time if someone is killed.

“There’s another family now that this guy isn’t going home to,” Larkins said through tears. “It’s another family ruined and it’s senseless.”

Larkins also wants teens and truck drivers to have classes where survivors like herself can educate them on the importance of obeying the Move Over Law.

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