Friday, January 18, 2013

Man run over and killed by dog after it jumped into van hit accelerator and reversed over him

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 incident.

There's a short news video here,

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