“At 2 in the morning, we counted 150 trucks parked on the shoulders,” Vanderpool says. “We knew truckers would park somewhere, and they did.”
Large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target occasionally offer truck parking, but a lack of security and amenities prevents widespread use. “The Wal-Marts will let you park your truck and get your groceries,” says owner-operator Hoyt Maisack, of Cory, Ind., noting that the policy is not uniform from store to store.
Regardless of who provides it, more secure parking is desperately needed, says 36-year-old owner-operator Scott Crewel, who had been friends with Jason Rivenburg for 20 years. Crewel often stopped on Monday night routes with his pug, Brewster, at the abandoned grocery where Rivenburg was killed.
“It was horrible,” Crewel says of his friend’s death. “I just hope that something comes from this, even if it’s something small.”