Man accused of killing tow truck driver has 8 DWI convictions

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Submitted: Tue, 11/06/2012 - 4:19am
Updated: Tue, 11/06/2012 - 11:26am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One man is dead and another behind bars after a hit and run last night on Carolina Beach Road.

Highway Patrol says Anthony Thompson hit tow truck driver John Junior Colville and then took off, driving almost nine miles before he was pulled over.

“I’m at Carolina Beach Road and McQuillian,” a caller to 911 told a dispatcher. “We need an ambulance quick. Somebody just got hit by a car. A tow truck driver.”

Drivers on Carolina Beach Road frantically called New Hanover County Dispatch for help Sunday after the accident. One driver said the man hit was coming to help her.

“He was getting out of his vehicle to come talk to me, when a truck came by and hit him,” she said.

A distressed driver had called AAA to help her with car trouble. As Colville arrived, investigators say Thompson hit him and then drove off.

“I think he’s dead. Oh my gosh. They say he’s dead. Oh my gosh, he’s my tow truck driver,” the 911 caller said.

Highway Patrol says Thompson was pulled over almost nine miles away at Legion Stadium.

Colville died from his injuries.

According to Department of Public Safety records, Thompson has been convicted eight times for driving while impaired and has had his license revoked 11 times.

But this time, Thompson’s multiple convictions may catch up with him.

“Laws with respect to habitual impaired driving have toughened considerably over the last several years,” says Ben David, the New Hanover County District Attorney. “I can tell you that we’re preceding under that law today.”

Thompson is not new to hit and runs either. According to Department of Public Safety records, he has fled the scene two other times.

David says Thompson’s most recent DWI conviction was last November.

“This is a very serious case and if the defendant is convicted of second degree murder he faces several years in prison and what will determine that is not whether he had the intent to kill, that’s first degree murder, but whether or not you can show malice,” David says.

David says multiple DWI’s or hit and runs can establish malice in court. If malice is determined in Thompson’s case, he could face many years in prison. His next court date is November 29.

Thompson is charged with second degree murder, driving while impaired, habitual impaired driving, driving while license revoked and hit and run with injury.

Colville worked for Wayne’s Towing in Wilmington. Today the company did not want to comment on his death.

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75 Comments on "Man accused of killing tow truck driver has 8 DWI convictions"

2015 years 8 months ago

It is not the government’s responsibility to “help him tun his life around”. It is Anthony Thompson’s responsibility to turn his life around. The government’s responsibility in all of this was to protect people like Mr. Coville from the likes of Anthony Thompson. The government failed Mr. Coville and his family. Anthony Thompson failed Anthony Thompson.

If Anthony Thompson is in fact suffering, he is doing so because of the choices that he made. No one forced him to drink alcohol. No one forced him to get behind the wheel of a car when he was drunk. No one forced him to swerve and kill an innocent bystander.

Addicts are not “victims” they are addicts because they chose to abuse drugs. I am glad you are not teaching my children. Children should be taught to be responsible for the choices that they make. They should be taught that there are consequences for their actions. They should not be taught that they can do whatever they feel like and then claim to be a victim.

2015 years 8 months ago

I knew Anthony so one the truck was his 2 he worked for straight cash job so no background check needed 3 the new dwi laws went into effect 1 year ago and any dwi over 7 years old does not go against your sentencing 4 the disease of addiction takes full control of your life if you have never had to deal with this disease then you cannot relize what you will do for a fix and you can change all the laws or make new ones it dosent mean we have to follow them so my thoughts and pray ers go out to the victims family but also to tonys family cause i know both families losein this situation oh and save all your comments anyone can ask for forgiveness and you shouldnot condemn someone you should pray for the people who will be hurt the most from this i know that children will be fatherless on both sides so pray and not judge cause one day you might be in the same situation

2015 years 8 months ago

He was Charged 8 times and you think he did not know that he should not have been driving. You must be an idiot to say such a thing as to be careful on the side of the road as my fellow man was doing his job and your friend Mr. Thompson was driving drunk and did not move over for an emergency vehichle and was driving without a license. Keep your stupid comments to yourself….

2015 years 8 months ago

I am a tow truck driver and so is my husband. We see the madness out there everyday drunk or not people don’t pay attention to our amber lights heck half the time they ignore the red and blue ones. It is such a shame that I have to go drive my tow truck at a man’s funeral because of some selfish drunk! Something needs to be done and as far as I’m concerned running him over on Carolina Beach Rd sounds great to me. We have four children to come home to every night and with people like him lurking the streets our percentage of returning home after a day’s work are thin!

Sharon Colville
2015 years 8 months ago


Hi, How are you. I am very sorry for your loss. I am sorry you did not have a close relationship with your father. I am his sister and can not believe its been a year already. If there is anything I can do for you, please contact me.

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