A dog is being blamed after a van ran over and killed a man in a driveway on Monday morning. The Florida Highway Patrol said 56-year old Iris Fortner was attempting to back into property near a residence in Cantonment at about 10:20 am.
Her partner James. W Campbell, 68, had exited the passenger
side of the 1995 Chevrolet van to open double metal gates at the residence.
Fortner had also opened the driver’s door to look for Campbell and see what side
of the double gate he was standing on.
While Fortner’s door was open, her large Boxer dog ran from the property and jumped into the driver’s compartment, resulting in
the accelerator being depressed, the FHP report states. The van backed into the
double metal gate and Campbell despite Fortner’s attempts to stop.
The van came to rest with Campbell trapped underneath. He was pronounced
deceased on the scene by Escambia County paramedics. Fortner was taken to West
Florida Hospital with minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing their investigation into the
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