COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I was going to post the story about the tow truck driver who got dragged to death back when it first happened, but some of the details were sketchy. Now they’re not.
Allen Rose, a 35-year-old married father of two, was hooking up an illegally parked SUV to his tow truck when the owner got inside the vehicle and made a run for it. The cable Rose had attached to the SUV snapped and somehow he got tangled up in it. He was dragged screaming one-and-a-half miles down the street.
Reports are that blood streaked long stretches of Platte Avenue, and boots, a tattered jacket, a ball cap, wallet and other articles were scattered along the road. Rose would die later that day from blunt force trauma. The driver of the SUV was found later and identified as 32-year-old Detra Farries.
It is unclear if she knew she was towing a full-grown, screaming male down the street, but as of now she has been charged with manslaughter. She is free on a $50,000 bond, but the DA is still investigating so more charges may be coming after her hearing on March 9th. The towing company says they are familiar with Farries, having repossessed her vehicle three times in a six month time frame.
It also seems driving dumb runs in the family. Her husband, Terroll Farries, was sentenced to four years in prison after a hit-and-run in 2008. Bruce Knight says he’s a cousin of Farries and told reporters she did not know she was dragging a screaming man down the street for a mile-and-a-half in front of over 50 witnesses.
“She cries all the time about this, and she just didn’t know the gentleman was being dragged behind her,” Knight said.
The funeral for Rose was today at the First Church of the Nazarene on Fountain Blvd. Over 150 tow trucks arrived from Denver, Buena Vista, and even Albuquerque to honor Rose. Most of the drivers showed up wearing coveralls and reflective vests. Rose leaves behind a wife, his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.