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Eugene Divine, 81, was killed while having his car towed. He was a husband, father, and grandfather. Eugene Divine, 81, was killed while having his car towed. He was a husband, father, and grandfather.
Officer Larry Bailey had stopped to help Eugene. Both were hit by the car coming from the opposite direction on Union Avenue. Officer Larry Bailey had stopped to help Eugene. Both were hit by the car coming from the opposite direction on Union Avenue.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The 81-year-old man who was killed while having his car towed was a husband, father, and grandfather. Now, his family is left wondering when their questions will be answered.

Eugene Divine and Memphis police officer Larry Bailey were both hit by a car late Monday night while waiting for a wrecker to tow Mr. Divine's disabled vehicle.

Divine died at the scene. Bailey was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. He has since been released.

Eugene's wife, Ardenia, was waiting for him to get back from the drug store when she learned what had happened.

"I'd tell him I love him and that I didn't expect it to happen like this," she said.

Eugene was waiting as William Palmer towed his disabled car.

"When I got out of the van, that's when I heard the impact," said Palmer.

Officer Bailey had stopped to help Eugene. Both were hit by the car coming from the opposite direction on Union Avenue.

"I knew they was going fast considering you had the blue lights there and I had every light on this wrecker on," said Palmer.

Palmer felt so bad about the accident that he stopped by Ardenia's house to offer his condolences.

Eugene was a former deejay, an active member of his church, and a grandfather to Roy Owens.

"I know he's in a better place but I'm going to miss him a lot," said Owens.

The driver of the car and a passenger were detained, but have since been released.

Ardenia is still not sure how the accident happened, but she hopes answers will come soon.

Meanwhile, Palmer says drivers need to slow down when they see trouble ahead.

"I think they was going too fast, as far as I'm concerned," he said.

A spokesperson for Memphis Police Department reports there was no sobriety test administered and at this point, it does not appear that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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