Allen Rose: Detra Farries charged in tow-truck driver's dragging death, memorial planned

Update: The woman driving the vehicle behind which tow-truck driver Allen Rose was dragged to death has been identified as Detra Farries, 32 -- and she's been charged with manslaughter in relation to the awful incident.

Meanwhile, plans are underway to memorialize Rose tomorrow.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, deadly driving apparently runs in the Farries family: Detra's husband, Terroll Farries, from whom she is seeking a divorce, was sentenced to four years in regard to a 2008 hit-and-run in Denver. In addition, her brother died in a stabbing incident following an argument she tried unsuccessfully to break up, as she told the Gazette shortly after the event took place.

Farries's niece claims her aunt didn't know she was dragging Rose.

Meanwhile, KOAA-TV reports that a memorial for Rose, an Iraq war veteran, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the First Church of the Nazarene in Colorado Springs. The public is invited to attend.

Look below for our previous coverage.

Update, 1:57 p.m. February 24: The Colorado Springs Police Department has now positively identified the tow-truck driver dragged to death by a sports-utility vehicle as Allen Rose. Thus far, we know the person behind the wheel of the SUV was a woman, but she's yet to be ID'd or charged with any crime, although the investigation is ongoing.

Look below to read the latest from the CSPD, followed by our earlier coverage:

Colorado Springs Police Department release:

The Colorado Springs Police Department continues to investigate the death of a tow truck driver that was dragged to his death by a vehicle yesterday just before noon. The victim has been identified as 35 year old Colorado Springs resident Allen Rose. The El Paso County Coroner's office has completed an autopsy and has determined the cause of death was due to blunt force trauma. The manner of death is undetermined at this point as the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators did interview an adult female that was driving the vehicle. No arrests have been at this point, but the investigation is ongoing. This is an extremely complex investigation and due care is being taken so that all evidence can be analyzed and considered.

Chief Myers said, "We recognize how traumatic and emotional this matter is for our entire community; it is for our department members as well. However, the Criminal Justice System does not run on emotions or opinion; it requires evidence, facts, and ultimately decisions are made to charge based on law. We ask for the public's patience, empathy, and support as we work tirelessly and methodically to gather the evidence and facts, and work with our DA's Office to apply the appropriate law in this case. We join the entire community in mourning the senseless death of Mr. Rose".

If anyone has information about this incident they are encouraged to call police at 719-444-7000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

Original item, 10:49 a.m.: Stories don't get much more awful than the one reportedly involving Allen Rose, a married father of two working as a tow-truck operator in Colorado Springs. Apparently, he was hooking his truck to a sports-utility vehicle when its driver made a run for it -- and somehow, Rose wound up being caught in a cable and was dragged to his death.

Here's a description of the scene from the Colorado Springs Gazette article linked above:

Witnesses said at least one of the man's legs was caught by the tether, and that he was screaming as he was dragged.

He was found at Babcock Road and Platte Avenue, just west of Powers Boulevard and 1.2 miles from the scene of the tow-job-gone-bad, police said. Blood streaked long stretches of Platte Avenue, and boots, a tattered jacket, a ball cap, wallet and other articles were scattered along the road.

At this point, no arrests have been made, suggesting that police are not sure if the SUV driver understood Rose's situation. Look below to see the latest CSPD release on the case:

[Wednesday] just after 11:00 am the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call that there was someone be dragged behind a vehicle in the area of Platte Ave and Murray Blvd. Upon arrival officers located an adult male that had been dragged behind a vehicle, in the area of Platte Ave and Babcock Rd. The victim had life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The victim later died as a result of the injuries he received in the incident.

So far the investigation revealed that the victim worked for a local tow company and had been dispatched to the Hill Park Apartments located in the 300 block of South Murray Blvd. The victim apparently was trying to tow a vehicle when the person responsible for the vehicle got into the car and drove away. The victim had already attached a tow cable to the suspect vehicle. The cable broke as the suspect vehicle drove away. It is unclear at this point, but somehow the victim got tangled up in the part of the cable that was still attached to the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle exited the Hill Park Apartments and drove to the area of Platte Ave and Babcock Rd. were the victim came off the cable. The suspect vehicle was eventually located on Bridger Dr.

Officers were able to locate the driver and they are being questioned by police about the incident. At this point there have been no arrests made in this investigation. The victim will not be identified until family has properly been notified and a positive identification has been made by the El Paso County Coroner's Office. It is anticipated that the Coroner's office will complete an autopsy in the near future.

This was an extensive scene and therefore resulted in numerous CSPD resources being utilized. There were officers involved from all area commands. Ultimately, the CSPD Violent Crimes Homicide Unit as well as the Major Accident Unit were dispatched to assist with the investigation. Due to the number of witnesses and the extent of the scene, numerous investigators were needed. No further information is available for release at this time.

If anyone has information about this incident they are encouraged to call police at 719-444-7000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

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