Police: Philadelphia tow truck driver ran over rival outside bar in dispute over territory

By Maryclaire Dale, AP
Monday, September 27, 2010

Philly tow truck driver charged with killing rival

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia tow truck driver is accused of running over another driver, killing him, in a dispute over towing territory.

Police say 25-year-old Glen McDaniel ran over 30-year-old Ray Santiago early Sunday.

Police say there was no accident in progress when they met up Sunday just before 3 a.m. at a North Philadelphia gas station. They ran into each other as a bar let out across the street.

Turf wars over towing are nothing new in Philadelphia. The slaying comes months after a tow operator allegedly shot a rival at an accident scene.

Police try to rotate tow jobs, unless someone is already on site. Critics say that leaves rivals to race to car crashes to claim jobs.

McDaniel is charged with murder and related charges. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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