STAFFORD, Kan. A Wichita tow truck driver has been killed and the Kansas Highway Patrol needs the public's help in tracking down the driver of a car that struck him.
The accident happened shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday in Stafford County. KAKE News is told 39-year-old Scott Christopher Burton was struck and killed by a passing car as he was securing a Village Tours bus to his tow truck after it broke down just west of Stafford.
One witness reported seeing a maroon Oldsmobile passenger car stopped with its flashers that took off as they pulled up to the scene. A second witness reported following a white passenger car driving erratically that was traveling westbound on Highway 50 from the scene. Neither witness was able to get a tag number or identify how many people may have been in the vehicle.
Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to contact the Highway Patrol at 316-744-0451.
Scott and Heidi Burton had just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary this past weekend and now Heidi and family members are forced to plan his funeral.
Heidi says, "He was the best husband, best father. He was a great person, a great friend who would give his shirt off his back for anybody."
She says, "I want justice for my kids, for his two older boys, for his family, for me, for our whole family. We are all hurt."
Darryl Longpine is safety director and was Burton's supervisor at Tow Service, Inc. in Wichita.
Longpine says, "It's always bad when you lose one of your employees. Scott was one who liked his job. He was one who would take pictures and photo everything he did. He was just out there trying to provide for his family. And this is what happened."
He says Burton was just wrapping up securing the bus with chains to a flat bed trailer when a vehicle struck him.