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Broward Professor Killed In Tow Truck Dispute

A tow truck pickup went bad when a professor at Keiser University was killed as he was trying to stop the driver from leaving his property with his car.

Elias Konwunfine noticed a tow truck in front of his house trying to remove one of the family's cars. Konwunfine's car was spilling onto the sidewalk, due to the fact that a therapist was visiting the residence to see one of his children, who is autistic. According to multiple witnesses, Konwufine was arguing with the driver of the tow truck, who refused to leave his car. It was when the driver sped away that Konwufine was trapped under his own car and killed.

The driver of the tow truck, whose first name is Ken, told police that he was physically assaulted by Konwufine and his wife and son, and that Konwufine had jumped off the tow truck's running boards, and was inadvertently run over.

The tow truck company Capitol Towing is listed as being owned by William Gante, but Gante is accusing Marshall Saskin, a former business associate, of using his name illegally to operate the company. Gante believes Saskin could not qualify for AAA jobs, so used a false name to create a new towing company. Gante has hired a lawyer.

Police are still investigating the accident, and the driver of the tow truck has not been charged.

Neighborhood residents have a history of tension with the tow-truck company hired by the homeowner's association, as finding parking has always been an issue in the development. Neighbors accuse the company of being too aggressive, as drivers are often armed with Tasers, and regularly scout the streets during daylight hours, when residents are not supposed to be at risk for towing. Capitol Towing was fired in 2011, but was recently rehired.

Konwufine was a professor at Keiser in Fort Lauderdale, where he taught and was an associate dean at the business school. He held two doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University in accounting and business administration. He was born in Africa, and had been living in the United States for over a decade.


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