Tow truck driver struck, killed picking up disabled vehicle

Driver at fault killed a woman in a 2009 crash
Posted at 2:52 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 18:11:07-04

Anne Arundel County Police are investigating the death of a tow truck driver killed in a crash Wednesday. 

At 3:30 p.m. officers responded to the 6500 block in Belle Grove Road for a reported northbound crash.

Police said a Safetow Tow truck driver, later identified as Thomas Flayhart, 48, was picking up a disabled vehicle when he was struck from behind.

During the investigation, officers identified the at fault driver as Brian Wayne Weatherly, 31 and believe he was impaired during the incident. 

Police said Weatherly was transported to Harbor Hospital for treatment and Flayhart was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he later died.

The cause of the crash was Weatherly's failure to reduce speed.

Weatherly was involved in a fatal crash in March 2009, according to police.

The victim, Chrissy Schoppert, 38, died, but her 5-year-old daughter was rescued by an officer. 

Detectives said that any charges will be reviewed by the States' Attorney and the Traffic Safety Section is handling the tow truck death investigation.