Retired Cop Killed In MVA
Local sources say that the state police continue to investigate a fatal crash on Monday that took the lives of a trucker and a Tennessee Department of Transportation employee on the Interstate 55 Bridge over the Mississippi River., on the Arkansas side of the state line.
About 1 p.m., Robert Nowicki, 49, of Adamsville, Tenn., stopped his lime-yellow green TDOT Help truck just ahead of a disabled 1998 Freightliner semitrailer truck, according to preliminary state police crash information.
The rig had stopped in the far left lane of the interstate, at the median, about a mile from the state border over the river.
Nowicki was outside of his Help truck when a 2010 Mack semi-trailer truck hit the rear of the Freightliner, causing the Freightliner to hit Nowicki. The Freightliner then struck the TDOT Ford F450, according to state police.
Bill Sadler, a state police spokesman in Little Rock, told The Wave that an official report on the crash with more details will be prepared later next week.
Nowicki, a husband and father, commuted to work from Adamsville, more than 100 miles east of Memphis, according to Lyndsay Botts, a spokeswoman for TDOT in Nashville.
He was one of 15 Help truck operators patrolling 85 miles of interstate in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark.
He had worked since 2006 in his role scouring highways to help stranded motorists, assist at crash scenes and combat traffic congestion.
A year earlier, in 2005, Nowicki had retired after a 20-year career with the New York City Police Department.
Rockaway sources say that Nowicki was wellknown in Rockaway and Broad Channel because he worked the 4 p.m. to midnight tour in the sector car that covered the Rockaways from Beach 90 Street to Beach 108 Street as well as Broad Channel.
Nowicki won recognition in 2009 after helping to deliver a baby after he stopped to assist a motorist.
He is the first member of a Help team killed in the line of duty since the program started in 1999.