Beaufort, South Carolina – January 10, 2024 – Wednesday morning’s memorial service for Lowcountry tow truck operator and Marine veteran Eric “PK” Albertson brought more than 150 mourners from differing walks of life to Beaufort National Cemetery.
Mr. Albertson, a tow truck operator responding to a call from a disabled motorist, was killed by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 6:32 p.m. on Frontage Road, approximately two miles north of Ridgeland, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Community Relations Officer Master Trooper Brandon Bolt.
Those who attended represented his life’s various and rich aspects, including his wife and three children, friends, Marines, motorcycle enthusiasts, and fellow tow operators.
Roadside Angel Towing owner Edwin GaNun, of Walterboro, S.C., shared that he interacted with Albertson while on the job. “He was always happy, down to business, and didn’t play around.” GaNun turned out with one of over three dozen tow trucks, in addition to over 40 motorcycles that lined Robert Small Parkway in front of Copeland Funeral Home.
Albertson’s wishes were that he took a “last ride” as all the vehicles formed a processional to Beaufort Cemetery, where he received full military honors. He served as a Marine for 12 years and was preparing his son to enter the military.
Many in attendance wore sweatshirts honoring Albertson on the front while offering a reminder of the South Carolina Move Over Law on the back. Their message was clear: more needs to be done to protect tow truck operators as they respond to calls on or near dangerous roadways and intersections.
The person responsible for his death has not yet been identified by law enforcement.
According to a spokesman from the South Carolina State Patrol, there have been no leads on who was responsible for Albertson’s death. The agency has released a vehicle description as a dark metallic gray Chevrolet Trailblazer with a damaged headlight and grill that was last seen traveling north on West Frontage towards SC 462.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SCHP at 843-953-6010 or 800-768-1501.
The Ramsay Law Firm has attorneys who are Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation claims to help individuals with severe injuries and death claims.
A Voice For The Injured. Here Every Step of The Way. Call 704-376-1616 or contact us online.
Notes: Our team created this post using secondary sources and has not independently verified all the facts surrounding the accident. If you find any incorrect details, please contact the Ramsay Law Firm so we can update the post with the most accurate information. This post will be removed if requested.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this post is not intended to be legal or medical advice. This post is not a solicitation for business. The photograph used in this post is not representative of this accident. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical attention immediately, then speak to a North Carolina personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.