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Texas Mother Dragged To Her Death Behind Tow Truck

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A 28-year-old woman in San Antonio, Texas, was killed after being dragged along the street by a tow truck.

Natalie Servantes had parked her vehicle in a reserved spot at the Vista Del Norte apartment complex, and Atlas Towing was called to remove the vehicle, according to a San Antonio Police Department report obtained by WFAA.

Servantes was trying to stop the tow truck from taking her vehicle when her purse became caught either on her vehicle or the tow truck, causing the tow truck to drag her body as it drove away.

She was dragged about half a mile by the tow truck, witnesses told police, according to KABB.

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“I was about to leave for work and I saw all the action and everything. It was really bad,” resident Ashley Brumley said.

“Horrible, yeah. Just real horrible,” she added.

The driver of the tow truck told police that he did not know Servantes was trapped. A video camera located on the tow truck may have recorded the incident, but Atlas Towing has not voluntarily provided the footage to police, WFAA reports.

Investigators plan to issue a search warrant to obtain the video.

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Atlas Towing has a contract with the apartment complex to tow vehicles parked in restricted areas, company owner Ricardo Venegas told KABB.

Residents were reportedly told a week before the incident took place that towing would become more severe.

“If you're a guest then you have to leave by a certain time or they are towing you or you got to back outside the gates,” Brumley explained.

Atlas Towing said it expects the police will rule the incident an accident.

Servantes leaves behind a 10-year-old son, according to WOAI.

Sources: WFAA, WOAI, KABB / Photo credit: Sinclair Broadcast Group/WOAI

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