Lawrence tow company owner crushed to death while changing tire on baseball team bus

The owner of a Lawrence towing company was killed while changing a tire on a college baseball team’s bus over the weekend.

Lawrence resident Kevin Raasch, 53, owned and operated TransMasters Towing and Roadside Recovery for over 30 years, according to his obituary.

The fatal accident happened about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on the Baker University campus in Baldwin City, after the Baker baseball team’s matchup with Benedictine College, Baldwin City Police Chief Mike Pattrick said.

Pattrick said the victim had come out to fix a flat tire on the Benedictine team’s bus, which he described as a large motorcoach.

He was trying to release the jack after changing the tire when he became pinned under the rear of the bus, Pattrick said.

“Several of the players and the coaches then lifted the vehicle as best they could,” Pattrick said.

While the team was able to pull Raasch from under the bus, his injuries were too severe and he died at the scene, Pattrick said.

Pattrick said the accident was not considered suspicious.

Raasch is survived by his wife, children, stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, according to his obituary.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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