FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Donations are being asked for on behalf of a tow truck driver who will lose part of his leg after a car slammed into his truck while was working on the side of the road.
On Monday morning, Ronald Urbansky, 53, who works for Patton’s Five Star Towing, was loading a car onto his tow truck in Fariview Park when a 2017 Acura struck the front of his truck which caused his leg to be crushed.
Fairview Park Police had called the tow truck to impound a car involved in an earlier traffic stop. Investigators say the driver of that car did not have a vaild license.
Dashcam video from an officer on scene shows the shocking moment a driver crashed into the tow truck while the operator was loading a vehicle onto the bed of the truck.
Police say the Acura's driver is a 35-year-old man from Cleveland. Investigators aren't sure what caused the driver to leave his lane.
Patton’s Five Star Towing released the following statement about their driver:
Ronald Urbanksy, 53, has been an operator at Patton's for a year now. While on a Fairview Park Enforcement tow, a vehicle struck Ron's Parked truck. The truck was pushed back by the impact, crushing Ron’s leg. He was in the process of loading the vehicle when the accident occurred. Ron unfortunately will have the lower half of his leg amputated. However, we are all very optimistic about his recovery. In his first two days at the hospital he already has the mindset of coming back to work, which is outstanding giving the seriousness of his injury.
Ron kept our midnight shift in order running calls, keeping our trucks clean, and our shop spotless. He takes so much pride in his work, his truck and this company. He's one of our key players here and one of our hardest workers.
No news was good news on the midnight shift because he handled most everything that came his way. Always by his side was his coworker Joe Tomasic, who says Ron is like family to him. That statement is true for all of us here.
Any help or donations will go straight to Ron and his family, so any little bit helps. We’ve had so many phone calls and visits of support already. We are all very appreciative. Thank you for your continued support.
Donations can be made out to Ronald Urbansky and mailed to Patton’s Five Star Towing, 29700 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070.