People who tow anything are 6 times more likely to kill others and injure anybody.  No national safety standards for people who tow or a license to drive.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man lost control of his vehicle while trying to hitch a trailer to a boat and fatally struck another man in Highlands County Wednesday morning, officials said.

The incident occurred around 5:49 a.m. at the Bluffs Retirement Community at 6750 US 27 North.

According to an incident report, 75-year-old James Becker of Sebring was backing up his 2000 Toyota 4 runner in order to attach it to a boat trailer. He lost control of the vehicle and the trailer, a shed, a second trailer and 87-year-old Robert Dworak who was standing next to one of the trailers.

Dworak was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.

Lieutenant Greg Bueno
Troop Public Affairs Officer

The Troop F Office of Public Affairs is responsible for providing information to the public, responding to inquiries from the statewide news media, conducting traffic safety programs and managing various highway safety programs. Request for traffic safety program presentations can be made by contacting Lt. Greg Bueno at 239-225-9605 or E-Mail

 In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers  Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!