The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Kevin Kimmel of Tavares, Fla., as its latest Highway Angel after the Con-way Truckload driver made a phone call that resulted in saving an abducted woman.
Kimmel had completed some deliveries one night in early January, and had pulled into a New Kent, Va., truckstop to sleep. Two spots over, he noticed an RV with blacked out windows and a suspicious driver who kept walking back and forth between his vehicle and the truckstop convenience market.
The Con-way driver thought the RV owners actions were odd, especially when he spotted a young girl’s face appear inside the RV, then disappear as if she had been pulled away from the window by someone else inside.
Another tractor-trailer pulled into the empty spot between Kimmel and the RV, blocking his view, prompting Kimmel to ask that driver to keep his eye out. However, as he got ready for bed, he noticed that the driver next to him had pulled his blinds down as if he was also going to sleep. The whole thing continued to bother Kimmel, so he decided to call the police.
“It was just a situation that didn’t feel right, and I figured I would either put a damper on someone’s vacation for 15 minutes or make a difference with one phone call,” said Kimmel.
However, it turned out that Kimmel’s instincts were accurate. The girl had been abducted from Iowa two weeks earlier. The newspapers would later report that she was a victim of human trafficking and had been forced into prostitution.
Kimmel can’t say too much about the story because he is now a witness to an FBI investigation, but he did comment: “I saw what looked to me like a young girl in a lot of trouble. This job gives us [professional truck drivers] the opportunity to be aware and make a difference by making one phone call. I hope anyone would do the same if it were my kids.”
For his willingness to act on his instincts, TCA has presented Kimmel with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Con-way Truckload also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.