Tow truck driver struck, killed on U.S. 65 north of Springfield

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NEAR SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A tow truck driver was struck and killed Friday night on U.S. Highway 65.

Courtesy: Affordable Towing

Timothy J. Williams, 55, an employee with Affordable Towing, was out on the job when he was fatally struck by a driver.

Williams, who lived in Springfield, would have celebrated his birthday Saturday, according to a spokesperson from Affordable Towing.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened a few miles north of Springfield near Bluegrass Road around 9 p.m.

According to the Highway Patrol, a driver, identified as 27-year-old Christopher Rice, traveled off the roadway and reportedly struck Williams while he was standing next to another vehicle.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 10 people have died from crashes this year in Troop D's service area, which covers most of southwest Missouri.

A candlelight vigil is being held Saturday night in honor of Williams. It starts at 9 p.m. at the Broadway Freedom City Church at 1477 N. Broadway.

This is a developing story. Watch KY3 News at 6, 9 and 10 for more information on the crash.

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