Brother of tow truck driver in Watertown crash: ‘He’s a gentle giant’

BOSTON (WHDH) - The brother of a tow truck driver who was viciously stabbed in the street after hitting and killing a woman in Watertown on Wednesday says his family is devastated by the tragic crash.

When 60-year-old Tom Fogerty climbed out of the cab of his tow truck in Watertown to check on the 68-year-old woman he had just hit and killed on Galen Street, a witness using a cellphone camera captured the moment a distraught Phillip Horner — the son of the victim — grabbed a knife and began attacking him.

“He’s a big guy, like a gentle giant,” said Paul Fogerty, Tom’s brother. “He’s not the type of person to want to do what the guy did to him.”

Paul Fogerty said he got a call Wednesday afternoon and learned his brother was in the hospital.

“It was a horrific accident,” Paul Fogerty said, “and for him to just want to settle it like this, its horrible.”

Tom managed to get away, helped by first responders.

“I’d like to thank the people who helped my brother out when he was going through that,” Paul Fogerty said.

As Horner faces charges of assault with intent to murder, investigators haven’t given any details on how the victim got pinned under Tom’s truck, and no charged or tickets have been issued against him.

“He wouldn’t hurt anybody on purpose,” Paul said. “I just can’t wrap my head around why the guy decided … I mean I understand he’s upset. I feel for him, but that wasn’t the way to approach it.”

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