Local woman says tow truck driver saved her life, died a hero

Family: Henrico tow-truck driver died keeping us safe

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A local woman says she's alive today thanks to a tow truck driver's final act of heroism. 22-year-old Jason Bailey was helping 21-year-old Avonnia Gregory last Thursday night when he was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver.

Avonnia says, she had a flat tire on the side of I-295 in Hanover and called for a tow. Jason Bailey answered that call.

"Once he got to us he said, 'I want you to go ahead because you don't know how dangerous it is to be on the side of the road,'" she said.

Police say, moments after Avonnia left the scene Dwayne Gray Miller, Jr of Mechanicsville hit and killed Jason with his car. He's been charged with drunk driving and involuntary manslaughter.

Avonnia says, Jason inadvertently gave his life that night to protect hers and she'll be forever grateful for what Jason did.

"It could have been myself and my mom," said Avonnia.

Through tears, Jason's fiance reflects on the twist of fate. Shelby Hall says, her four-year relationship with Jason was supposed to lead to marriage but instead, it's ended in tears.

"I'm glad he was able to help them," said Shelby. "I wouldn't want them to be going through this too. But it kills me that my son won't know his father."

Shelby and Jason have a one-year-old son together named Jameson.

Avonnia's mom works at the Sweet Frog on Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond. There will be a fundraiser there from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Saturday night. All proceeds will go to Jameson Bailey's trust fund and to paying off the family's funeral debt.

You are also able to make a donation to Shelby and Jameson at any C and F Bank.

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