ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – Tow truck drivers came out in support of a colleague killed by a hit-and-run driver Thursday night.

Alan Dilley was getting ready to tow a car involved in another accident last weekend when he was hit by an SUV. Police arrested Zachariah Dobler, 28, a short time later. He faces a first-degree murder charge. He’s also accused of driving drunk.

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Zachariah Dobler (credit: Arvada Police Department)

The accident happened at 58th and Wadsworth in Arvada. That’s where the candlelight vigil was held. Dilley’s friends didn’t just to mourn their friend, but raised awareness about tow truck drivers and their safety.

“It’s part of a brotherhood,” Dilley’s coworker Michelle Dahl said. “(He was) a great friend, great co-worker, good son. That’s the best way that I can describe him.”

Dahl said Dilley’s family is heartbroken by their loss.

“They’re suffering a great loss. They’re trying to take the time they need to get through this,” Dahl said.

Dilley’s friends say his death should be a reminder to everybody on the road to be aware of tow truck drivers at work.

“When you see a tow truck driver on the side of the road, give him a break, move over for them,” Dahl said.

A memorial fund has been set up in the name of Alan Eugene Dilley. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank.

  1. Roger says:

    And not one news crew could cover this poor mans funeral? For years I have seen long processions of tow truck drivers when they lost one of their own. Why did this man not get the same coverage? I saw the long line of tow trucks going down Sheridan earlier today but I can’t find anything on the news channels about it. You reporters should be ashamed of yourselves, did you have something better to do today?

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