Family of trucker killed in I-10 collision seek answers
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - He loved being with family, that is how family describe 41-year-old Phillip Wade Martin.
Martin died on Sunday after the semi-truck he was driving swiped an abandoned pickup truck on I-10 near the Houghton Road exit.
Officers with the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety say he then tried overcorrecting -- causing it to roll, then slide off the shoulder.
"He was a father, that's the role that he was most proud of, he loved his kids and though he drove six -days a week, every time he got the chance he would drive another four hours from Dallas just to make his son's baseball game," said Heather Dalby, his sister who lives in Texas.
Dalby says Martin had been driving semis for more than thirteen years and never expected anything to happen to him.
"Initial reaction was just what you would expect, shock and sadness," she said.
She says sadness turined into anger after she found out his semi swiped the back of an abandoned car left near the off-ramp.
"The placement of the vehicle was in a very hazardous spot, and it was a two lane highway, it was on the white line, many people said if not over
Several Nine On Your Side viewers said they drove by the truck hours before and that it seemed unsafe.
"I noticed that the back left tire was on the white line with the vehicles bumper hanging off into what they call the number two lane and the front left of the truck was on the exit on the off ramp," said Jason Shumsky.
DPS says the car was not on the roadway when it was tagged the night before and that it's up to officer to determine whether or not it was in a safe area.