SIGNAL HILL, Calif. (KTLA) — A tow truck driver and father of three was killed by a suspected drunk driver in an early-morning crash on the 405 Freeway.
The crash happened near around 2 a.m. Sunday on the northbound 405 Freeway near Cherry Avenue.
According to authorities, 27-year-old Faapuna “Mack” Manu, had been dispatched to help a disabled Mercedes Benz.
Manu was on the shoulder inflating a spare tire when 26-year-old Raymond Burley, of Los Angeles, lost control of his car and plowed into Mack and his tow truck.
Hurley has been booked on suspicion of felony DUI. The two passengers in the Mercedes were not harmed in the accident.
Family and friends say Manu was an extraordinary man who lit up a room and worked hard to provide for his family.
“The last text that he did text me was, ‘I love you,’ and I texted him back, ‘I love you, too,'” fiancee Tarina Guess said, through tears.
“Nothing can express how I feel,” she added. “We have three kids together.”
“We were trying to save all our money to have a nice, big wedding for the family together,” Guess said.
“Every day when he’d go to work he’d come to be so I could give him his blessing before he went to work,” mother Rose Manu said. “Then we all got kisses before he left.”
Manu, a former semi-pro football player loved music and was a rapper.
“He was an extraordinary guy, whatever he did he did a good job at,” friend Reginald Hughes said.
“He was the guy to be around, he was a lot of fun,” cousin Michael Harris told KTLA. “It’s going to be tough this holiday without him.”