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Slain Keiser University Dean's Family Sues Sketchy Tow Company

The widow of a Keiser University dean who was run over by his own car while trying to stop it from being hauled off is suing the tow truck company, which has been accused of being overly aggressive while towing cars in the Lauderhill neighborhood.

Calls to Superior Lock and Roadside Assistance, the company named in the suit, were unanswered Friday, and the company's last known website address,, was no longer being used.

Elias Konwufine, 38, died Thursday at Broward Medical Center. The same day, his wife, through the Miami law firm Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez LLC, filed suit.

The suit says the tow company was called after the Konwufines were notified their car was parked improperly in their own driveway. Though Elias tried to reason with the tow truck driver, he was ignored and wasn't allowed to pay at least a partial fine to avoid a tow.

As the truck pulled away, Konwufine grabbed hold as the driver "swerved into him and was going to run him over," documents say. The truck then dragged the man "for several hundred feet until he could no longer hold onto the tow truck... and he was run over by his own vehicle."

The Saskins, who own the Plantation company, have a dubious record, running through several companies under different names and even run-ins with the law, according to the Miami Herald.

Marshall Saskin was arrested in 2002 for operating a tow truck with an improper license and in 1999 on charges of drug dealing and drug possession, according to Broward County Records. The company named in the lawsuit, along with a "John Doe" driver, is listed under the ownership of Marlene Saskin.

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