Tow truck driver takes credit card from deceased crash victim’s car and steals money meant for funeral


Giovanni Canicatti 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man was killed and his wife was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being involved in a car accident.

Sadly, the family was victimized again when the tow truck driver, who removed the victim’s car from the scene, stole his credit card and used it.

Robert Sullivan, 60, and his wife, Elizabeth, 54, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, were stopped at a traffic light when a sport utility vehicle driven by Joseph Hyden, 39, hit their car from behind, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Their car then rear ended the car in front of them. Elizabeth, who was driving, was taken to the hospital, and her husband was pronounced dead.

When the family collected Robert’s belongings from the tow truck company, they realized that his credit card was missing.

They soon discovered that Giovanni Canicatti, 31, who works for Johnny's Auto Body in Orange City, used the card for his monthly payment for two of his cars and he made two more purchases online for car parts.

Canicatti stole a total of $1,700 from the family. Elizabeth said that she had planned to use that money to pay for her husband’s funeral.