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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:32

Florida Tow Truck Driver Sued in Towing Fatality

The widow of a college dean killed when his car, being towed from his Florida home, ran him over, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the towing company. The tow truck driver is Kenneth Jay Schraff, 48, of Lauderdale Lakes.

Schraff was at the wheel of a wrecker Jan. 16 when Elias Konwufine of Lauderhill, an associate dean at Keiser University, fell under his own Mercedes-Benz. The 38-year-old father of three, a native of Cameroon, died later at a hospital.

The suit alleges that Schraff was negligent when he drove away from Konwufine, as Konwufine tried to negotiate the return of his car, which had been parked partly on a swale in violation of a homeowners’ association rule. State law requires a wrecker driver to allow a vehicle’s owner to make a reasonable offer to settle the matter before towing. The lawsuit said that Schraff never gave Konwufine the chance, and drove away so recklessly that he endangered Konwufine. Public records show that Schraff has an extensive felony arrest record in Florida. He plead no contest to third-degree felonies in 2003 including burglary, larceny and grand theft.

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