Florida Highway Patrol says a man was killed in a freak car accident after a dog jumped into a van, stepped on the accelerator and hit him as he opened a gate outside a home in Cantonment, Fla. on Monday.
Iris Fortner, 56, and James Campbell, 68, were reportedly backing into their driveway at their home when Campbell got out of the passenger side to open a metal gate, according to officials. Fortner, who was driving the 1995 Chevy van, opened the driver’s door to see where Campbell was standing.
That’s when Fortner’s large boxer bull dog jumped into the van and inadvertently pressed on the accelerator, backing into Campbell. Fortner told police he tried to stop the vehicle before it struck Campbell, but he was trapped under the van.
Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene by Escambia County paramedics. Fortner was also reportedly injured in the accident.
Authorities are still investigating the incident, but have filed no charges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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