Woman pleads no contest in death of tow truck driver - WNEM TV 5

Woman pleads no contest in death of tow truck driver

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Thomas Tripp (left) and his fiance Joy Gonzalez (right) Thomas Tripp (left) and his fiance Joy Gonzalez (right)
SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The woman charged in the death of a local tow truck driver has pleaded no contest as part of a plea deal. 

Deeann Parsons, 49, pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony charge of driving under the influence resulting in death.

The charges stem from a crash Jan. 10 on Dixie Highway near the entrance ramp for I-75 northbound in Saginaw County's Bridgeport Township.

Police say Parsons was behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee that struck and killed Thomas Tripp.

Tripp was a Mike's Wrecker employee attending to a disabled vehicle when he was hit by the Jeep.

A line of tow trucks rumbled outside of the Saginaw County Courthouse on Tuesday. Friends and colleagues of Tripp gathered around them to show support for their friend.

Tripp's boss, Bill Giorgis, is pleased Parsons will be sentenced as if a jury found her guilty, but there is a bit of disappointment.

"Disappointed in that, you know, she didn't have to make any admission with the no-contest plea," Giorgis said.

No matter the sentence, they will sorely miss a member of their brotherhood.

"Tom was with us for 10 years and so, he was a part of our family," Giorgis said.

Parsons' sentencing date is scheduled for July 18 at 1:30 p.m. 

As this case continues, Michigan lawmakers are debating an amendment to the "move over" law that would require drivers to slow down to 10 miles per hour below the speed limit when passing stopped emergency vehicles.

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