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Man Dies When Pickup Hits Parked Tow Truck


Authorities have released the identity of the man who died in a traffic crash in Evansville.   


The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office says 76-year-old Richard Atkins of Evansville died in the crash on Garvin St. at Chandler Ave. Wednesday afternoon.

In a release, Evansville Police Sgt. Nick Winsett said Atkins was driving a pickup truck that hit a parked flatbed tow truck.

Winsett said the bed of the tow truck pierced the cab of the pickup.

When firefighters arrived, they determined Atkins was deceased.

Police said the tow truck was parked properly and unoccupied at the time of the crash.

Despite rainy conditions, wet pavement was not believed to have been a factor.

Coroner Steve Lockyear said an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday evening.