Truck drivers honor businessman killed in crash

By News Staff

A well-known business owner killed in a fiery crash is laid to rest.

A funeral mass for 52-year-old John Martins was held at St. Mary’s Church in Pawtucket Friday morning.

Martins, who owned Courtesy Auto Group, died after the two truck he was driving blew a tire and crashed, bursting into flames.

Two hundred tow trucks from one hundred companies across New England lined the cemetery coming out to pay their respects.

"He started out in the towing industry and this is why we’re out here, to honor him and support his family. It’s a tough time. We’re a brotherhood, we stick together," said Richard Zuercher, of Rhode Island Towing.

"I don’t know if God’s got it in him to create another man like John, it’s going to take one heck of a man to fill his shoes," said family friend, Alvin Thurber.

Martins leaves behind a wife and three children.

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